Damian Lillard of the Portland Trail Blazers to miss 3 more games with lower abdominal tendinopathy


Portland Trail Blazers superstar goaltender Damian Lillard will be out for at least a week due to the continued low abdominal tendinopathy that has bothered him all season, the team announced Wednesday.

Lillard will miss Portland’s next three games – home games against the Miami Heat, Cleveland Cavaliers and Sacramento Kings – before being reassessed next week.

Lillard, 31, is averaging 24.0 points and 7.3 assists this season in 29 games for Portland, who is currently tied with the San Antonio Spurs for 11th in the Western Conference with a 14 record. -22.

Trail Blazers coach Chauncey Billups told reporters on Tuesday that such a course of action with the Portland star may be possible.

“I think what we’re going to do is just meet, put all our heads together soon, and then discuss some of these things,” Billups said. “I think that will probably be the route we go down if he doesn’t get some kind of relief there.”

Lillard did not play in Monday’s victory over the Atlanta Hawks, in which his replacement, Anfernee Simons, scored 43 points. Lillard also missed five games earlier this season due to the same injury, which has been a problem since before the start of the season.

Lillard’s points-per-game average is the lowest since the 2014-15 season, his third year in the league, and he’s recording career-worst 40.2% in the field and 32.4% at 3 points. The six-time All-Star and six-time All-NBA selection are within 500 points of Hall of Famer’s career scoring record Clyde Drexler.


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