Aaron J. Fentress: Damian Lillard today on potentially returning this season: “I’ve been feeling pretty good since the surgery. We’ll see once I’m reevaluated and where the team is and what the best thing to do is, and we’ll go from there.” #RipCity
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Jay Allen: Updated #Blazers Injury Report: Dennis Smith Jr. (right ankle sprain) & CJ Elleby (right ankle sprain) are probable; Norman Powell (personal reasons), Damian Lillard (core muscle recovery), Larry Nance Jr. (right knee inflammation) & Cody Zeller (right patellar fracture) are out.
Chris Haynes: Portland Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard will undergo surgery tomorrow to address his abdomen injury and he will be re-evaluated in 6-8 weeks, league sources @YahooSports.
Casey Holdahl: Talked to @Damian Lillard today, he’s doing well!
Shams Charania: Portland Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard will undergo surgery on Thursday for his abdominal injury and will be sidelined indefinitely, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium .
Numerous teams are watching Portland intently to see how the Trail Blazers handle Damian Lillard’s ongoing issues with an abdominal injury, since an extended absence or a potential surgery — avenues that the Blazers have resisted to this point — would certainly have a significant impact on their trade deadline approach.
Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard will undergo further evaluation and consultation concerning his lower abdominal tendinopathy, the team announced today. Lillard will miss Portland’s next three games against Miami (Jan. 5), Cleveland (Jan. 7) and Sacramento (Jan. 9). He will be reevaluated next week.
It is clear that Lillard is not right at the moment. His numbers of 24.0 points per game (Lillard’s lowest since 2014-15) on 40.2 percent from the field and 32.4 percent from deep (both the worst of Lillard’s entire pro career) reflect that. While there is definitely something at stake here for Lillard this season, it sounds like the Blazers may be faced with the tough decision of whether to ultimately shut Lillard down for the season and get him healthy.
Chris Haynes: Portland Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard (abdominal) will miss his second consecutive game on Wednesday versus the Miami Heat, league sources tell @YahooSports.
Jay Allen: Chauncey Billups said tonight he’s not sure how long Damian Lillard will be out of action with his abdominal injury: “That thing has been up and down…we’ll probably know more sooner than later.” #Blazers
Chris Haynes: Portland Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard (abdomen) will make his return tonight against the Minnesota Timberwolves after missing the last five games, league sources tell @YahooSports.
Sean Highkin: Damian Lillard said today it’s “definitely a possibility” he plays Sunday. He’s feeling a lot better after getting a cortisone shot last week.
Portland Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard underwent a cortisone injection procedure to his abdominal last week to mitigate the pain he’s been dealing with for the last few years, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Lillard, 31, is scheduled to be reevaluated on Friday and could return to action as soon as Sunday against the Minnesota Timberwolves, sources said. The pain had reached a heightened point before the procedure.
Casey Holdahl: In more injury news, Anfernee Simons (right ankle), Ben McLemore (left hip), Nassir Little (left ankle) and Cody Zeller (right quad) are questionable while CJ McCollum (right pneumothorax) and Damian Lillard (abdominal tendinopathy) are out for Wednesday’s game vs. Golden State.
Jay Allen: Damian Lillard (abdominal tendinopathy–injury management) is out tonight against the Clippers, but he is going through a pregame warmup here at Moda Center. Getting some threes up at the moment.
Aaron J. Fentress: Damian Lillard (abdomen) and Nassir Little (ankle) will each miss several games. Lillard is out at least 10 days while Little is out at least a week. All of those days of “no injuries to report” or having one guy down screamed that bad luck was around the corner for #RipCity
Chris Haynes: Portland Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard (abdominal pain) is expected to rest tonight against the Detroit Pistons, league sources tell @YahooSports.
Jason Quick: Damian Lillard is available tonight vs. Toronto
Jay Allen: Chauncey Billups says Lillard is “day-to-day.” Billups says because Damian doesn’t like to miss games, he “kind of had to force him to sit tonight.”
Jason Quick: Chauncey Billups says Anfernee Simons will start at point guard tonight in Denver in place of the injured Damian Lillard. “He’s earned it,” Billups said.
Shams Charania: Sources: Damian Lillard played through an abdomen injury during Team USA’s Tokyo Olympics run, which will require further testing upon return to the States. Lillard wanted to continue playing to help USA capture the gold medal.
Lillard is giving his all to be available and to keep faint championship aspirations alive in Portland, all while fighting a number of injuries. The 30-year-old has battled a left ankle injury, tender ribs, a lower abdomen strain, and knee soreness from continual screen clashes, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
Jamie Hudson: Damian Lillard will make his return tonight. Blazers Injury Report: Derrick Jones Jr. (right hip, contusion) is probable and Zach Collins (left ankle, stress fracture) is out for tonight’s game vs. Denver.
Chris Haynes: Portland Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard (right hamstring tendinopathy) plans to return Wednesday against Denver Nuggets after missing last three games, league sources tell @YahooSports .
Casey Holdahl: Injury report: @Damian Lillard is OUT for Sunday’s game “right hamstring tendinopathy.” Second straight game he’ll miss after sitting out Friday’s win in San Antonio.
Chris Haynes: Portland Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard (knee contusion) will return today against the Toronto Raptors and Norman Powell will start over Derrick Jones Jr., league sources tell @YahooSports.
Lillard added that it was the same knee that he banged during the Blazers Feb. 16th game against the Oklahoma City Thunder. “It’s the same knee that I got kneed in against OKC and it had never stopped being sore from that game. So to get kneed on that same spot again, I knew that it would react like this and it would be swollen.”
Justin Grasso: Damian Lillard is out tonight vs. #Sixers per @Casey Holdahl
Jamie Hudson: Blazers Injury Report: Damian Lillard (abdominal strain) and Derrick Jones Jr. (left foot sprain) are questionable. Nassir Little (left knee sprain) is out for Thursday’s game at Philadelphia.
Stadium: Re-evaluation of Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard’s right knee confirmed a mild sprain, our NBA Insider @ShamsCharania reports.
Jason Quick: Blazers announce Damian Lillard will leave the Orlando bubble Thursday to receive further examination on his injured right knee.
An awful game for the Portland Trail Blazers Monday night against the Los Angeles Lakers became much worse in the third quarter when Damian Lillard left the court with a right knee injury. Lillard walked off under his own power. After the game, he underwent an MRI that turned out to be inconclusive, according to the Blazers. Lillard is scheduled to undergo another MRI on Tuesday.
Jay Allen: Terry Stotts says @Damian Lillard will play tonight, and probably wear a splint. Says Dame got to the arena early to test it out. #RipCity
Chris Mannix: Terry Stotts says Damian Lillard will play tomorrow
Jamie Hudson: “He’s been getting multiple treatment throughout the day. I believe he’ll wear a splint… He’ll play.” Coach Stotts’ update on Lillard
Shams Charania: Initial signs are optimistic for Damian Lillard to play vs. Lakers in Game 3 on Saturday, per sources.
Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard offered a definitive answer on his status for Game 3 of their first-round playoff series against the Los Angeles Lakers on Saturday after dislocating his left index finger. “I’m playing,” Lillard said.
Lillard left the court at the end of the third quarter to receive treatment and a splint on his left and middle index fingers. Though x-rays turned out negative, the Trail Blazers kept Lillard on the bench for the entire fourth quarter. “It’s just sore and a little bit tender,” said Lillard, who had 18 points on only 6-of-14 shooting. “A little bit sore, swollen and uncomfortable.”
Mark Medina: Terry Stotts said “it’s too early to say” if Damian Lillard will play in Game 3.
Jay Allen: Terry Stotts says @Damian Lillard (left foot) is “ready to go” for tomorrow’s game vs. Memphis. #RipCity
Jay Allen: Terry Stotts says @Damian Lillard (sore left foot) will not play in today’s scrimmage against the #Thunder. @CJ McCollum is being given the day off. #Blazers #RipCity
But now, in the second of three scrimmage games, Portland will be without their point guard Damian Lillard, who is dealing with inflammation in his left foot. Stotts says Lillard had an x-ray on his left foot. The x-rays came back negative. From the sounds of it, it seems the inflammation is at the bottom of Lillard’s left foot. He did have an x-ray. The x-ray was negative. He just has some inflammation. I don’t expect it to be a long-term deal. Hopefully he’ll be able to play our last scrimmage. I think it’s a little bit on the bottom of his foot, but I’m not quite sure about that, but I think it is. — Trail Blazers coach Terry Stotts
Chris Mannix: Terry Stotts says @Damian Lillard did everything at practice today. Was a non-contact practice. Stotts says Lillard status for tomorrow’s scrimmage is TBD.
Jamie Hudson: Coach Stotts says Lillard, who is sitting out today, did have an x-ray on his left foot. The x-rays came back negative. The inflammation on Lillard’s foot is at the bottom of his foot. Stotts expects Lillard to play in the team’s final scrimmage on Tuesday.
Casey Holdahl: Damian Lillard (right groin strain) is probable for Wednesday’s game vs. Wizards
Jason Quick: Source says Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard will make 3-game trip to Indiana, Atlanta and Orlando but is expected to miss “a couple more games” with right groin strain.
Damian Lillard on healing: [I have] nine full days [during the All-Star break]. A lot of treatment and a lot of time to try and figure it out and test it out. But the groin is nothing to play with, so I’m going to take my time and just try to do all the things I can do to give myself the best chance to be ready when we come back after the break. But if not, maybe miss one game after the break, or one or two more games.
Chris Haynes: Yahoo Sources: Portland Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard underwent an MRI and it confirmed a groin strain with a 1-2 week recovery period.
Chris Haynes: Portland Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard suffered a right groin strain (grade 1-2) and is unlikely to participate in Sunday night’s All-Star Game, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.
John Hollinger: Steph Curry and LeBron James both had groin strains last year. Curry missed 11 games, LeBron missed 17. Obviously degrees of strain matter here, and the week off with no games helps … but Blazers can’t really afford to lose Dame for very long.
Chris Haynes: Portland Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard — who sat out last two games with back spasms — will return to action tonight against the Cleveland Cavaliers, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.
Casey Holdahl: Damian Lillard (back spasms) is probable for Saturday’s game vs. Cavs
Jason Quick: Thread on Damian Lillard back injury: He says he is hopeful to return Saturday at Cleveland. “I would be doing a disservice to my health if I just went out and played. It will stick around. Where we are now, the best thing is to get healthy, then we make our push,” he said.
Jason Quick: Blazers announce Damian Lillard will not play tonight in New Orleans because of back spasms
NBA rules require teams to announce whether a player is probable, questionable, doubtful or out by 5 p.m. the day before a game. Lillard’s injury was diagnosed Thursday night in Oakland, sources said, but it was not put on the injury report. It was reported by several media outlets after the game Saturday and confirmed by Lillard on Sunday.
It is long tradition in sports to keep certain injuries secret, especially in the playoffs, when opponents can potentially use the information against a team. “I wasn’t much aware of it,” Blazers coach Terry Stotts said of Lillard’s injury, denying he knew the health status of his most important player. “I didn’t know how much it was bothering him until [Saturday].”
Shams Charania: Portland Trail Blazers All-NBA star Damian Lillard has separated ribs and is playing through the injury, league sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium . Lillard shot 5-of-18 in Game 3 loss to Warriors.
Tim MacMahon: A source confirmed that Damian Lillard has a separated rib but downplayed the impact of the injury on his performance. “Not a story, he always plays through injuries.”
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Vince Carter: I’m thankful to see another year of life but it’s really tough to celebrate when the world lost a great human being on this same day. Rest well Kobe the world is truly missing a great one. So on this day I celebrate you & I say thank you for the battles & the friendship.#8/24 pic.twitter.com/3eLr9cT6gS
Two years ago Wednesday, nine people perished in a helicopter crash in the hills northwest of Los Angeles, including the NBA legend and their 13-year-old daughter Gianna. Vanessa Bryant and her three other daughters are among those who have been trying to cope ever since. “Would you say you’ve been getting better or getting worse, you know?” the attorney asked her in a legal proceeding Oct. 12. “How do you feel?” “Grief isn’t linear,” Vanessa Bryant replied, according to a partial transcript of it filed in court last week. “It’s – every day is different, and I try to my best to put a smile on my face for my little girls. I want them to live in the love and not in the loss. And I make a conscious effort to try to portray that everything’s fine for them.”
Understandable anguish persists. In her deposition testimony in October, Miller asked her if she still was seeing her previous therapist. “I have stopped,” she replied, according to the partial transcript filed last week. “I don’t like – I don’t have the ability to talk to him because it puts me in a difficult space and I need to – I don’t want to bring those feelings up to surface.” She also said she didn’t start seeing another therapist because “I don’t like talking about everything that happened. I internalize a lot.”