I hear the Oregon Coast is a great place to do physical rehab…
Damian Lillard left the Trail Blazers loss in the third quarter Thursday with a sore right calf and did not return to the game. Thursday he underwent an MRI and it confirmed a right calf strain, the team announced. He will be re-evaluated in 1-2 weeks.
Expect it to be closer to two weeks.
Re: Damian Lillard: Last season the average lost time for a calf strain was 16 days (median= 17, minimum 3 days). Also worth mentioning, Lillard does have a history here having missed two games during the 2017-2018 season with a strain of the same calf.
— Jeff Stotts (@InStreetClothes) October 27, 2022
Lillard did not sound concerned when speaking after the Trail Blazers first loss, as reported by Sean Highkin and his Rose Garden Report.
“I went back on defense just to see how it would feel, and the next time running up the court I did another move and I just felt how tight it was,” Lillard said afterwards. “It wasn’t like something happened, it was just like, ‘Let’s just get it off the court and see what’s going on.'”
Lillard added if this was the playoffs he could have stayed in and played, but it’s the fifth game of the season so why risk anything?
Lillard has looked like his vintage, All-NBA self to open this season, averaging 31 points a game with a 67.1 true shooting percentage, plus he’s hit clutch shots. After missing most of last season and having surgery on his core, his explosiveness is back. With that, Portland has looked like a playoff team.
The best teams can survive without their star and still win some games for a couple of weeks. We’ll see where the Trail Blazers are now.