Unfortunately for Portland, McCollum also fractured his foot.
INJURY UPDATE: Further imaging reveals CJ McCollum with a small hairline fracture to the lateral cuneiform in his left foot and a mid-foot sprain. McCollum will wear a walking boot and be re-evaluated in four weeks.
— Portland Trail Blazers (@trailblazers) January 19, 2021
No exaggeration: McCollum was playing at an MVP-ballot level. He probably wouldn’t have sustained quite that production. But the 29-year-old appeared to be peaking both as a scorer and with his all-around game.
This is a massive setback.
At least Portland has the depth to stay afloat. Rodney Hood and Gary Trent Jr. can play bigger roles at shooting guard. Anfernee Simons can more regularly get the point guard minutes McCollum handled while Damian Lillard sat.
Lillard will have to put the team on his back – which he can do. But with that setup, the Trail Blazers are more just staying competitive rather than being a force in the Western Conference.