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CJ McCollum won’t join Trail Blazers in upcoming 4-game road trip

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Portland Trail Blazers head coach Terry Stotts revealed that guard CJ McCollum won’t be joining them on their upcoming four-game road trip to rehab his knee.

Per Joe Freeman of The Oregonian, McCollum will be out rehabbing his left knee sprain, an injury he sustained in a 108-103 loss to the San Antonio Spurs on March 16.

Stotts added that there’s no timeline yet for McCollum’s return.

The Blazers currently have a 45-27 record and are in fourth place in the Western Conference. With 10 games remaining in the regular season, can Blazers fans expect CJ McCollum to return, or will the team opt to play it safe?

In an interview last week with Casey Holdahl of nba.com, McCollum himself said that the goal is simply to come back when he’s healthy. He admitted, too, that he doesn’t like to miss games. The 27-year-old has remained relatively healthy over the last couple of years.

“I think my goal is just to come back when I’m healthy. Obviously you don’t want to miss games — this is the seventh game I’ve missed in four years and two of them was rest and one was being left off the roster, so I don’t like to miss games. But I’ve got to do what’s best for myself from a health standpoint. Doctors will sign off when they think I’m ready so hopefully that’s sooner than later, but I’m two days in so I don’t know how it will be two weeks, three weeks.”

Given these realities, we should expect the team to keep a watchful eye on McCollum’s status heading into the playoffs.