Video: Blazers’ C.J. McCollum takes hard fall, suffers apparent leg injury
McCollum was clearly in pain, as he was seen holding his knee after the fall. His teammates and the Blazers’ staff huddled around him before he was taken to the locker room.
With a little over seven minutes remaining in the period, McCollum drove to the basket for a lay-up. Spurs big man Jakob Poeltl blocked his shot and he was sent falling under the basket.
McCollum goes up for a layup and takes a hard fall. Has to be helped to the locker room. We will have updates as soon as we get them…. pic.twitter.com/YZNN8uneW7
— NBC Sports Northwest (@NBCSNorthwest) March 17, 2019
The Blazers eventually ruled out C.J. McCollum for the rest of the evening. Initial findings reveal a “lower left leg injury.” However, the extent of the issue is yet to be determined.
The Blazers are labeling CJ McCollum's injury a "left leg injury" and say he will not return tonight vs. the Spurs.
— Joe Freeman (@BlazerFreeman) March 17, 2019
McCollum exited the game after 22 minutes of play. He finished with 10 points, three rebounds and five assists.
Portland will be hoping that the injury is not serious and that McCollum won’t miss significant time. The Blazers are fighting for a better seeding in the Western Conference playoff race and the last thing they want right now is losing one of their best players.
The Blazers, though, certainly won’t rush the 27-year-old guard to return. After all, they will prioritize having him 100 percent fit for the postseason in a month’s time.