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C.J. McCollum speaks out on his scary injury vs. Spurs


Portland Trail Blazers guard C.J. McCollum went down with an apparent leg injury in the third quarter of their game against the San Antonio Spurs on Saturday night. The undersized two-guard writhed in pain and appeared to favor his left knee after crashing to the floor on a lay-up attempt.

Following the game, McCollum said that he felt his knee twist as soon as he landed, per Joe Freeman of The Oregonian.

There are still no updates as to what the extent of McCollum’s injury is, but the initial X-rays did come back clean. Still, the former Lehigh standout doesn’t think that what he’s feeling isn’t normal.

McCollum finished his night with 10 points, three rebounds, and five assists in 23 minutes before being helped to the locker room. The Blazers eventually lost the contest, 108-103, and dropped their 27th loss of the season. But losing McCollum to a serious injury could be even more devastating for the franchise.

McCollum plays such an integral part in Portland’s success this season. No doubt, he is the team’s second most important player behind All-Star point guard Damian Lillard. He is having another solid scoring campaign, averaging 21.5 points per game on 46.3 percent shooting from the field and 38.3 percent shooting from downtown.

Portland is currently in the midst of the bloodbath that is the Western Conference playoff race. The Blazers will surely need his services down the stretch if they want to secure home court advantage in the first round of the playoffs.

McCollum will reportedly get an MRI on Sunday when they return to Portland. Stay tuned for further updates on his injury.

Prayers up for C.J.