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CJ McCollum Carried Off Court After Leg Injury vs Spurs

Portland’s star shooting guard leaves in the third quarter with a leg injury.

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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.

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).


According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, McCollum will undergo an MRI on Sunday to examine his left knee.


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.

Quick also has McCollum pinpointing the injury to his knee.


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.

We will update further as news becomes available.