The Portland Trail Blazers hit the road for a three-game trip starting on Thursday in Indiana, and they may be one step closer to full strength by the time they get home.
According to reports, Damian Lillard, who has missed the Blazers' last three games with a right groin strain, plans to travel with the team.
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.— Jason Quick (@jwquick) February 26, 2020
As noted by Jason Quick of The Athletic, Lillard could miss "a couple more games."
At the team's first practice following the All-Star break, Lillard was asked how many games he expected to miss. "If I had to guess I would say at least 3-4 games. Maybe five games," said Lillard.
That window for return could open on this road trip.
Missing five games, as he expected, would put his return to the court on Monday against the Orlando Magic.
That could be a good thing for the Blazers and a bad thing for the Magic.
It was just last season that a heckler in Orlando fired Lillard up and led to the Blazers guard torching the Magic.
Lillard dropped 34 points in the second half that night, quieting the crowd the only way he knows how.
The point is, there may be a sliver of hope that Lillard gets to silence his favorite heckler once again.
But health is first. Silencing the crowd is fun, having a healthy Lillard is better.
If he doesn't make his return until the team comes back home, no one will blame him... plus returns from injury are always a little more fun in front of a raucous home court.
When Lillard is able, Moda Center will be ready!