The Portland Trail Blazers have announced goaltender CJ McCollum has a pneumothorax (collapsed right lung), which he suffered in the team’s game against the Boston Celtics on Tuesday.
McCollum will undergo further evaluation before a prognosis is decided, by the team. At this point, its status will be updated.
The former Lehigh University star has averaged 20.6 points, 4.1 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 1.1 steals in 35.3 minutes this year.
The Mayo Clinic defines a pneumothorax as follows: ‘ A pneumothorax is when air gets into the space between your lungs and the chest wall. This air pushes out of your lung and causes it to collapse. A pneumothorax can be complete lung collapse or a collapse of only part of the lung. “
McCollum did not travel with the Blazers for their road game against the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday, according to the team. After that clash, the Blazers will have three days off before returning home to face the Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday.
The first reports on Sunday indicated that McCollum was suffering from bruised ribs. Chris Haynes from Yahoo Sports tweeted on Sunday that The x-rays came back negative and it would be reassessed on Monday.
The shorthanded Blazers lost three straight to fall to 11-14. They are now deprived of their entire All-Star backcourt of McCollum and Damian Lillard, who missed the team’s last four games with lower abdominal tendinopathy.
Four other players (Anfernee Simons, Nassir Little, Cody Zeller and Ben McLemore) are listed as questionable for the Warriors game with various injuries.