REPORT: CJ McCollum to undergo MRI with foot injury
Portland Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum will undergo an MRI on his left foot in which the team is currently calling a sprain, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.
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While initial diagnosis from team doctors claimed that it was a sprain, the fact that McCollum is scheduled for an MRI is truly concerning for Blazers fans. The 29-year-old combo guard had to prematurely leave the Blazers’ game versus the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday after injuring himself in the first half. He was scratched off for the rest of the match.
McCollum scored 16 points on 6-for-11 shooting from the field and 4-of-7 from three before in 19 minutes before exiting the game for good. This is certainly a huge blow for the already-undermanned Portland team, who is already missing starting center Jusuf Nurkic who broke his wrist.
CJ was having a phenomenal start to the 2020-21 campaign so far, averaging 27.6 points, 4.2 rebounds, 5.3 assists, and 1.4 steals in 12 games. He is also enjoying career-highs in shooting the basketball, knocking down 47 percent of his field goals and 43.4 percent of his attempts from downtown.
So far, the Blazers are hanging in there against the much-improved teams in the Western Conference with a 7-5 slate, which is good for fifth place in the standings. Nurkic is expected to be out for a considerable amount of time and McCollum’s possible absence only makes things tougher for them moving forward. Rip City is certainly keeping their fingers crossed about McCollum’s status. The franchise has already experienced its fair share of battles with the injury bug over the years, and they’re hoping McCollum’s setback is not as bad as it seems.