We got some unfortunate news for the Portland Trail Blazers as Damian Lillard is set to undergo abdominal surgery on Thursday amid the pain he’s suffered all season. According to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst, Lillard is schedule to have a procedure on Thursday morning and will be out of action between 6-8 weeks. After that, he will be evaluated in order to assess if he is fully recovered or not. These injuries tend to be tricky for players who rely so much on their speed as Damian Lillard does. There’s no use in getting any hopes up for him to return in that time table, everything needs to go with extreme care.
Lillard already missed11 games due to injuries.
Due to this specific injury, Damian Lillard has already missed a total of 11 games and he even missed the previous Olympic Games with the USA due to this same injury. Currently, Lillard is averaging 24 points per game, which is the lowest return he’s had since the 2014-15 season. Those who were wondering why Damian Lillard is not the same from last season, here’s the reason and it’s completely justified. If it wasn’t for this problem, the Trail Blazers‘ star would still keep delivering the same incredible results he’s always delivered over the last 7 years.
Portland’s playoff chances are in jeopardy.
Considering that the Portland Trail Blazers are currently 16-24, this news about Damian Lillard come as a dagger directly to the heart of the team. Not having their best player on the court is definitely a fatal blow for their hopes to make the playoffs. If to that you add CJ McCollum’s collapsed lung, the Trail Blazers have very little hope without two of their biggest stars. Youngster Anfernee Simons is doing spectacular work in recent weeks but he hardly has the experience to save the Trail Blazers from the current situation. All they can hope is that Lillard recovers as soon as possible and maybe start thinking about next season.