Portland Trail Blazers All-Star guard Damian Lillard will be out at least 1-2 weeks after suffering a calf injury against the Miami Heat on Wednesday night. The injury, described as a “calf strain” took him out during the third period of Portland’s loss to the Heat. He did not return to the game. In post-game interviews, Lillard seemed to downplay the seriousness of the event.
Now Shams Charania of The Athletic is reporting that, serious or not, the injury will mandate a 1-2 week recovery period, after which time Lillard will be reevaluated.
It’s worth noting that the Blazers have only one game scheduled between Lillard’s Wednesday night injury and the following Wednesday. If a single week is the timeline for recovery, one game would be the extent of his absence. The addition of “2 weeks” and the word “re-evaluated” add a bit of uncertainty to the mix, but there’s no indication where on the scale his recovery will fall.
Lillard has been leading the 4-1 Blazers throughout the early weeks of the season, having returned to All-NBA form after sitting out most of last year, rehabilitating after surgery to correct a chronic abdominal issue.
The 32-year-old has averaged 31.0 points, 4.8 rebounds, and 4.6 assists in 35.0 minutes per game over 5 starts for the Trail Blazers so far this season. He is shooting 49.5% from the field and 39.2% from the three-point arc, well above his 40.2% and 32.4% averages from last year.
The Blazers face the Houston Rockets tomorrow night at 7:00 PM, Pacific. It’ll be their first test this year without Lillard in the lineup, perhaps their only one for now.
The Blazers have confirmed the story and the timeline.