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How long is Damian Lillard gone? Injury timeline, return date, latest updates on the Trail Blazers star

Damian Lillard will miss much of the 2021-22 NBA season.

The Trail Blazers star reportedly plans to undergo surgery to treat a “persistent abdominal injury” and will be reevaluated in several weeks, although it seems possible that he may be out for longer.

What’s next for Lillard? Here’s everything we know about his injury and the latest news on when he can return to the court.

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What is Damian Lillard’s injury?

lillard injury appears as abdominal tendinopathy. It’s something he’s been dealing with for some time.

According to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst, Lillard made it worse in the summer while playing for Team USA at the Tokyo Olympics. December 8th, Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports reported that Lillard underwent a cortisone injection procedure to “mitigate the pain he has been dealing with for the past several years,” adding that the pain had reached a “more intense point” before the procedure.

After missing five straight games, Lillard returned to the lineup on December 12. He played in nine consecutive games before being sidelined again, averaging 29.6 points, 6.2 assists and 4.6 rebounds in .413 / .363 / .846 shooting divisions.

Lillard last played on December 31, 2021.

How long will Damian Lillard be gone?

It is unknown how long the Trail Blazers will be without Lillard.

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Lillard is said to be out for at least six to eight weeks, but Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports reported that his return to the game will depend on “their health and where the team stands in the leaderboard. “

In a Twitter thread, In Street Clothes’s Jeff Stotts gave an idea of ​​the type of injury Lillard might be facing.

The Trail Blazers currently rank 10th in the Western Conference standings with a 16-24 record. That’s good enough for them to be in the Play-In picture, but only three games separate them from the Thunder at 14th.

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The Trail Blazers have made the playoffs in eight consecutive seasons, the longest active streak in the NBA.

UPDATE (Jan 13, 2022): Now Lillard is expected to be reevaluated in five to six weeks, according to Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports.

Damian Lillard career stats, highlights

  • 24.6 points per game
  • 6.6 assists per game
  • 4.2 rebounds per game
  • 1.0 steals per game
  • 2.8 turnovers per game
  • 43.7 percent shot
  • 37.3 percent from 3-point shots
  • 89.3 percent free throws

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