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Blazers’ CJ McCollum doing good mentally, ‘taking it day by day’

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Portland Trail Blazers shooting guard C.J. McCollum says he’s doing good mentally following the popliteus strain he suffered in his left knee.

McCollum sustained the injury last Saturday against the San Antonio Spurs.

There was fear in Portland that the guard had suffered a serious injury, so the Blazers and McCollum are happy that it was just a strain.

“Mentally, I’m good,” McCollum told Casey Holdahl of NBA.com. “Physically, got a lot of work to do, but I’m looking forward to the challenge. Got some good rehab in yesterday and today, try to build on that each day.

“Just taking it day by day, I don’t have a timeline that I’m going to give you guys, but I think just based on the research, there’s not a lot of injuries like this that have happened. So timeline is different just depending on the age, how well your body heals, what you’ve done before that and kind of where you’re at. But hopefully I can be back sooner than later.”

In 68 games this season for the Blazers, C.J. McCollum is averaging 21.3 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.9 assists per contest.

The 27-year-old is shooting 46.3 percent from the field, 38.0 percent from beyond the arc and 83.1 percent from the free-throw line.