It’s with heavy heart for Blazer’s and Lillard fans to know that Damian Lillard decides to undergo abdominal surgery. A lot of questions arise! Would Lillard sit out the remainder of the season?
On Wednesday, a report circulated regarding Lillard’s status and plan to have surgery regarding his abdominal issue. The most important thing for the Blazers organization is to ensure their star player returns to full health.
— NBA Analysis Network (@HoopAnalysisNet) January 12, 2022
As of this moment, it has been a difficult time for Portland as C.J. McCollum has also been missing out on a significant amount of games due to a collapsed lung. First-time head coach Chauncey Billups is now tasked with a heavy burden to adapt as soon as possible to keep the boat floating. In addition to all the chaos, they fired Neil Olshey, the team’s general manager and president of basketball operations, due to “creating a hostile work environment with instances of bullying and intimidation.”
Developing: After suffering a collapsed lung in December, C.J. McCollum is expected to return Monday.
Happy to have him back. 🙏 pic.twitter.com/Q7ouWbGcDj
— Legion Hoops (@LegionHoops) January 14, 2022
Portland is now hanging by a thread, sitting 10th in the West. The next few weeks will be a daunting task for the likes of key players Robert Congiton and Jusuf Nurkic, along with the trade deadline coming soon. Portland could potentially pick up some good deals in hopes for a mid-season resurgent. At the same time, stars Lillard and McCollum tend to health matters.
This Sunday, Portland is set to face the Washington Wizards at Capital One Arena.