Portland Trail Blazers All-Star point guard Damian Lillard is the latest to be hit by the injury bug currently dealing with a hamstring strain.
According to Chris Haynes of ESPN, the injury expected to keep the 27-year-old out of the lineup for at least the next two games.
Portland All-Star guard Damian Lillard (hamstring strain), who is out tonight against Denver, also expected to miss Saturday’s game at Los Angeles Lakers as a precaution, league sources tell ESPN. The next game for Trail Blazers would be hosting Philadelphia Dec. 28.
— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) December 22, 2017
Lillard had already been declared out for Friday’s contest against the Denver Nuggets, which had already made it likely that he would be out of the mix the following night in the second game of back-to-backs on the road against the Los Angeles Lakers.
He had suffered the injury midway through the third quarter of Wednesday’s loss to the San Antonio Spurs after a drive to the rim in traffic. Hamstring injuries are typically one of the most difficult ailments to handle given the likely chances of reinjury if the player is rushed back too quickly.
With that in mind, the Blazers are taking the precautionary route given Lillard’s importance to the team’s overall success. He is in the midst of another highly productive campaign averaging 25.2 points with 6.4 assists, and 5.0 rebounds while playing in all 31 games so far this season. In his absence, C.J. McCollum will likely take on a greater offensive role to help compensate for the void in scoring and playmaking over the next two games.