Damian Lillard, the star of the Portland Trail Blazers, has had surgery for an abdominal injury and will miss at least the next six weeks of competition.
The Blazers detailed this Thursday that, after passing through Lillard’s operating room, team doctors will assess the player’s condition within six weeks.
It is a pain in the abdominal area that the player had dragged for the last four seasons until now he has decided to put an end to it.
“There’s no point in continuing to do this the way I was doing it.“, he said in statements to the Blazers website.
“It is like taking a step back to take several steps forward. It’s what had to happen“, he added.
These abdominal issues had affected his production on the court as Lillard has his worst stats this year since the 2014-2015 season.
In the 29 games he played before surgery, Lillard had 24 points (40.2% from the field, 32.4% from 3-pointers), 4.1 rebounds and 7.3 assists on average per game.
As a comparison, in the 2020-2021 season he got 28.8 points (45.1% in field goals, 39.1% in triples), 4.2 rebounds and 7.5 assists on average per game.
To compensate for Lillard’s loss, CJ McCollum, who has not played due to injury since December 4, is expected to return to the court in the next few days with the Blazers.
At the beginning of the day on Thursday, Portland was tenth in the Western Conference with a record of 16 wins and 24 losses.