Portland just got a bit of positive news.
According to Chris Haynes of Yahoo! Sports, Damian Lillard’s MRI confirmed a right groin strain, but his timeline for recovery will only be 1-2 weeks.
7:00pm UPDATE: The Blazers announced that Damian Lillard (right groin) will be re-evaluated in one week.
Because of the timing with All-Star break, Lillard could miss up to four games while healing up from the injury. Portland is slated to play the Pelicans, Pistons and Celtics at home, and Pacers in Indiana over the next 14 days.
Lillard suffered the injury at the 3:45 mark of the fourth quarter in the Trail Blazers 111-104 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday night. He drove to the basket, but came up limping and was holding his groin after the play. The Trail Blazers later announced he had suffered a groin strain and would undergo an MRI to determine the severity.
Following the game, the Trail Blazers star, who was selected to his fifth All-Star Game and was selected to play on Team LeBron, told reporters he would not take part in the All-Star game or the 3-point contest. He asked the NBA to send a deserving player like Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker to the game instead. Booker was announced as Lillard’s replacement for both the game and 3-point contest on Thursday.
Lillard is coming off back-to-back Western Conference Player of the Week nods and is averaging 29.5 points, 4.4 rebounds, 7.9 assists and 1.0 steal in 54 games this season. Portland will certainly miss Lillard’s presence on the court while he heals up, but it’s good to know he will be back on the court in just a few games.
REPORT: Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard out 1-2 weeks with groin strain originally appeared on NBC Sports Northwest