Trail Blazers keeper diagnosed with collapsed lung, indefinitely – .

Trail Blazers keeper diagnosed with collapsed lung, indefinitely – .

The two members of the Portland Trail Blazers’ starting backcourt are now grappling with injury issues. Damian Lillard is already ruled out with lower abdominal tendinopathy, and now CJ McCollum will be out indefinitely with pneumothorax he suffered in the Portland game against the Boston Celtics this weekend, the Blazers announced Tuesday. Simply put, a pneumothorax is a collapsed lung, which can be a very serious problem.

Here is the official team statement:

Upon closer examination, a CT scan revealed that Trail Blazers goalie CJ McCollum was suffering from pneumothorax (right lung), the team announced today. McCollum was injured in the 4th quarter of Portland’s game against Boston on Dec. 4. He will be assessed further before a prognosis is determined and his status will be updated accordingly. McCollum did not travel with the team for Wednesday’s game at Golden State.

In 24 games this season (all starts), McCollum has averaged 20.6 points (42.4% FG, 39.3% 3-PT, 70.0% FT), 4.1 rebounds, 4.5 assists decisive, 1.08 steals and 35.3 minutes.

McCollum’s health is obviously the main concern, but the injury is also a big blow to the Blazers, who are already struggling to stay in the crowded Western Conference playoff table. Portland is currently in the 10th seed with an 11-14 record. Without Lillard, and now McCollum, they will run the risk of falling in the standings. Keeping the team afloat will be a tough job for first-year head coach Chauncey Billups.

More information regarding McCollum’s status will likely be provided by the Blazers in the near future.


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