Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard will be sidelined for a “brief period” after suffering a right calf strain in yesterday’s game against the Utah Jazz, according to NBA reporter Chris Haynes.
The strain, revealed in an MRI, is in a different area than his previous right calf strain from earlier this season.
Portland Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard underwent an MRI and it revealed a right calf strain in a different area from his previous injury that will sideline him for a brief period, league sources tell @NBAonTNT, @BleacherReport.— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) November 20, 2022
Lillard checked out of last night’s game in the third quarter and didn’t return, shooting 2-14 from the field, including 1-12 from deep, to finish with 13 points in 27 minutes.
Lillard’s first calf strain occurred on Oct. 26 against the Miami Heat. He missed the next four games due to the injury. Then after returning for two games, he missed an additional game against the New Orleans Pelicans on Nov. 10 for injury management.
After the game last night, Sean Highkin relayed that Lillard told reports he didn’t think the injury was as serious as the prior calf strain.
Damian Lillard says this calf injury isn’t as bad as the first one. Seemed to think he’ll miss a couple games on the road trip but doesn’t expect it to be an extended thing. Had an MRI tonight but no results yet.