NBA: Blazers' McCollum out at least one week

Field Level Media/Reuters

Posted at Mar 18 2019 07:44 AM


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Portland Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum dodged a more serious knee injury but will miss at least one week with a popliteus strain in his left knee, the team announced Sunday.

Team president of basketball operations Neil Olshey confirmed the MRI results and said McCollum will be re-evaluated in one week.

McCollum crashed to the court after a drive to the basket in the third quarter of Saturday's 108-103 loss at San Antonio. After writhing in pain and clutching his knee, he was helped off the court.

The popliteus is a small muscle that runs diagonally across the back of the knee joint.

"I went up for a layup, a left-hand layup, and big fella (former Blazer Jakob Poeltl) blocked it," McCollum, 27, said after Saturday's game. "I landed on my foot, kind of trapped my foot on the ground, felt my knee kind of twist. I was in pain. It hurts.

"You never want to get hurt, man. Not ever, especially at this point in the season. There's nothing I can do about it but rehab and see what they say. I can walk, but I'm not sure what the extent of it is."

McCollum has played in 68 of Portland's 69 games this season and has missed just six games in the past four seasons.

He is averaging 21.3 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game and ranks second on the team with 165 made 3-pointers.

--Field Level Media

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