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Injured Lillard to miss Portland’s next three games

/ 09:46 AM January 06, 2022
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Damian Lillard  of the Portland Trail Blazers  (Getty Images via AFP)

LOS ANGELES – Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard, battling an abdominal injury, will miss the NBA club’s next three games, the team announced Wednesday.

The 31-year-old American, a six-time NBA All-Star, will undergo further evaluation and consultation regarding a nagging abdominal tendon issue. He missed five games a month ago with the injury, similar to one he faced early last year.

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Lillard will be sidelined for games Wednesday against Miami, Friday against Cleveland and Sunday against Sacramento before being re-evaluated next week.

Lillard ranked 11th in NBA scoring with 24.0 points a game this season and 10th in assists with 7.3 per contest while also pulling down an average of 4.1 rebounds over 29 starts.

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At 14-22, the Blazers rank 12th in the Western Conference. They are chasing a ninth consecutive playoff berth, having reached the 2019 Western Conference final. But Portland has also been ousted in the first round in four of the past five seasons.

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