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Portland Trail Blazers Guard CJ McCollum Upbeat About Return

Joe Freeman of the Oregonian looks at the return of CJ McCollum.

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Joe Freeman of the Oregonian says CJ McCollum is getting closer to rejoining the team.  More X-rays two days ago indicated good news for the index finger of his right hand that was broken in three places on 17 November.

"Doctors are happy with my progression," McCollum said. "They said it couldn't look any better than it does now after two weeks. So that's comforting to know that I'm doing things the right way to put myself in position to return as soon as I'm cleared."

McCollum is lifting weights and working out every other day with Trail Blazer's Health and Performance staff members who try to simulate game conditions during the work outs.  He can't use his right hand but is allowed to shoot and dribble with his left.  The finger is still sore.

"Pain is only temporary," McCollum said. "I've got to make sure I'm ready to play when I come back -- do whatever I can, do whatever they allow me to do. But just make sure you stay in shape is the big thing. That's the first thing that goes if you don't run and do those things, in terms of taking care of your body."

Because the three breaks were close to the hand he must proceed with caution so the finger completely heals.  He's been travelling with the team and expects to travel on this next road trip.  McCollum remains upbeat that he's still on the original four-week return time.

"Things are going well," he said. "My next X-ray is Tuesday and I'll be able to progress from there and hopefully get one step closer to a return."