Portland Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard won’t be available for Portland’s home game against the Memphis Grizzlies next Wednesday, head coach Chauncey Billups told reporters today. Sean Highkin of the Rose Garden Report posted the news on Twitter.
Billups said the team hopes Lillard, who is recovering from a right calf strain, will be available for its upcoming road trip, which starts Friday, Nov. 4 against the Phoenix Suns.
Chauncey Billups indicated Damian Lillard won’t be ready to play Wednesday against Memphis. The hope is to have him back for the upcoming road trip.— Sean Highkin (@highkin) October 30, 2022
On the road trip, Portland will play six games in nine days, starting with a back-to-back in Phoenix. The road trip also features quality opponents like the Miami Heat, New Orleans Pelicans and Dallas Mavericks.
Lillard sustained the right calf strain in the second half of Portland’s 119-98 loss against the Heat last Wednesday, Oct. 26. Earlier this week, Portland announced Lillard would be re-evaluated in one to two weeks. The Blazers have already won one game without Lillard, a 125-111 showing against the Houston Rockets on Friday.
Prior to the injury, Lillard was averaging 31 points, 4.8 rebounds and 4.6 assists, while shooting 39.2 percent on 3-pointers through five games.