The Trail Blazers are playing in a ‘win or go home’ game Thursday night against the Brooklyn Nets.
One concern heading into Thursday’s game has been the health of Blazers starting shooting guard CJ McCollum.
On Tuesday, NBCSNW Trail Blazers Insider Dwight Jaynes reported McCollum had suffered a L3 vertebral transverse process fracture (non-displaced). It was first reported that McCollum suffered the injury in Portland’s fourth seeding game against Denver.
However, during Thursday’s Blazers and Nets game on TNT, sideline reporter and NBA Insider from Yahoo Sports’ Chris Haynes reported that McCollum suffered the back injury on July 31 in Portland’s first seeding game.
Sources informed me McCollum actually suffered the injury in the first game of the Restart against Memphis when he dove for a loose ball and was kneed in the back by Jaren Jackson. He has been treated daily. -- Chris Haynes on CJ McCollum
According to Haynes, McCollum told him, ‘I’m not worried now. I can worry about it in the offseason.’
McCollum had just 8 points in the Blazers 134-131 win over Dallas Tuesday before the news broke, shooting just 2-14 from the field. He did sink two clutch free throws in the final seconds of Tuesday’s game.
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McCollum is off to a hot start against the Brooklyn Nets Thursday. McCollum scored 12 points in Portland’s do or die game.
Portland leads Brooklyn, 73-67, at the break.
Check out the second half action between the Blazers and Nets on NBCSNW right now.