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CJ McCollum Returning To Full Contact Practice

Portland may be regaining a young guard even as it loses a veteran center.

Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

This news may take some of the sting out of Trail Blazer Robin Lopez fracturing his hand during last night's Spurs' game. CJ McCollum is cleared for full contact practice.

McCollum is recovering from fracturing his index finger in three places back in mid November while battling the New Orleans Pelicans. It would be poetic justice if he were to return for the game on Dec. 20th in New Orleans. McCollum was averaging 5.0 points and 1.1 assists per game this season before the injury.

Update: Coach Terry Stotts said during Tuesday's Trail Blazers Courtside on Comcast SportsNet NorthWest that McCollum would probably be available to play Wednesday's Dec. 17th game against the Milwaukee Bucks.