Considering the kind of season Damian Lillard was having, it was heartbreaking for his fans to see him go down just before All-Star break. Dame underwent an MRI which revealed a groin strain, and is expected to keep him out until after All-Star break.
Lillard was already dealing with back spasms earlier in the season, and this latest injury has come at a particularly unfortunate time.
According to further reports by Chris Haynes, Dame is still willing to perform at All-Star Weekend despite his injury. However, it is unlikely that his team would want to take that kind of risk.
Lillard left the game mid-way against Memphis on Wednesday and headed to the locker room after an awkward layup attempt. He is averaging 29.5 points (career-best), 7.9 rebounds (career-best) and shooting 40% from the three-point line (and 46 percent from the field) across the 54 games he has played so far.
This would have been the fifth All-Star appearance (third straight) of his career.
The Portland Trail Blazers are making a wild dash for the last playoff berth before time runs out. They are currently 25-31 (0.446) on the season, placed at the 9th spot on the West standings and 4 games outside of the playoff picture.