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Portland’s CJ McCollum leaves game after leg injury

CJ McCollum

Portland Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum lies on the court after he was injured during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the San Antonio Spurs in San Antonio, Saturday, March 16, 2019. San Antonio won 108-103. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)


Hopefully, this is not as bad as it looked.

Portland’s C.J. McCollum drove the lane midway through the third period against the Spurs Saturday night, had his shot blocked by Jakob Poeltl, and landed awkwardly, instantly grabbing his knee in pain. He had to be helped to the locker room by teammates.

Scary. The good news is the X-rays were negative, but we’ll know a lot more after the MRI on Sunday.

McCollum is averaging 21.5 points per game and is at the heart of the Trail Blazers’ offense. If he is out for any length of time, and into the playoffs, it will be a huge blow to Portland’s chances.

San Antonio extended its winning streak to eight games with a 108-103 victory against Portland.