Portland Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum was carried off the court in the third quarter of Portland’s game versus the San Antonio Spurs tonight. Video replay shows a nasty fall with his foot turning inward as he’s stepped on by Spurs center Jakob Poeltl.
Watch CJ’s left foot get stepped on & turn inward pic.twitter.com/4Zfsa1WyGe— Inaction Bronson (@SwooshMcDuck) March 17, 2019
McCollum left the game immediately. The Blazers have announced an unspecified “left leg injury” and indicated he will not return tonight.
The injury occurred with 7:10 remaining in the third quarter. Prior to exiting, McCollum recorded 10 points in 23 minutes of action. Poeltl, the 23-year-old center who landed on McCollum, is listed at 230 pounds according to his ESPN profile.
Here is a video of the play at full speed (via NBC Sports Northwest).
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
According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, McCollum will undergo an MRI on Sunday to examine his left knee.
Portland guard @CJMcCollum will undergo an MRI on his left knee on Sunday, league sources tell ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) March 17, 2019
Jason Quick of The Athletic quotes Head Coach Terry Stotts saying x-rays on McCollum’s leg came back negative. It’s worth noting that x-rays don’t reveal all possible types of damage, thus an MRI will still be necessary.
Terry Stotts says xRays were negative on CJ McCollum and he will fly back with team and receive more tests— Jason Quick (@jwquick) March 17, 2019
Quick also has McCollum pinpointing the injury to his knee.
McCollum says it’s his knee that is hurt— Jason Quick (@jwquick) March 17, 2019
Along with clarifying that he is experiencing pain in his left knee, McCollum informed Blazers Digital Reporter Casey Holdahl that he did not feel or hear a “pop” when the contact occurred. Holdahl also reported that McCollum was walking around in the post-game locker room.
McCollum says his foot got stepped on my Poeltl, felt the pain in his left knee. Did NOT feel or hear a pop, he’s walking around the locker room, albeit gingerly.— Casey Holdahl (@CHold) March 17, 2019
We will update further as news becomes available.