Blazers’ Damian Lillard speaks out on missing All-Star weekend after groin injury
The Portland Trail Blazers may have lost their only reason to turn on the TV for the weekend as Damian Lillard suffered a groin injury. Many Blazers fans are understandably disappointed that their star point guard won’t be able to participate in the All-Star game.
He injured his groin in the dying minutes of their loss to the Memphis Grizzlies. NBC Sports Northwest was present when they asked him about his thoughts on missing out on the All-Star Game. While he is disappointed that the injury had to happen now, he’s looking at the silver lining of things.
Damian Lillard injured his groin in the final minutes of the Blazers loss to the Grizzlies on Wednesday. Deciding to put his health first, Lillard confirmed in the postgame locker room that he will not participate in the All-Star Game or 3pt contest. #RipCity pic.twitter.com/PNOTtXoMbG
— NBC Sports Northwest (@NBCSNorthwest) February 13, 2020
The injury also knocks him out of the three-point contest where he was supposed to be playing with some of the league’s best three-point shooters. At 39.5%, his three-point shooting would have definitely given defending champion Joe Harris a run for his money.
However, Lillard knew better than forcing himself to play through the pain. The Blazers are still not in the playoff positions after their terrible start to the season. While things are picking up, the Blazers need Lillard healthy for their next game more than anything. Not forcing the issue is a great move for Lillard’s part.
Fans across the league have learned to love Dame Time as his incredible offensive displays made him one of the must-watch players in the league. He’s currently averaging 29.7 points, 4.3 rebounds, and 7.9 assists a game while carrying the Blazers. Now that they’re close to making it back to the playoffs, expect Lillard to focus on healing himself over the long break. A player like Devin Booker might get his spot in the meantime.