As the Trail Blazers get set to host the San Antonio Spurs in a matinée tip-off on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Portland wrapped up a late afternoon practice Sunday-- and all of the focus was on the injury status of CJ McCollum.
McCollum had x-rays and an MRI on his left foot Saturday night which confirmed a left foot sprain.
Head coach Terry Stotts discussed the latest on McCollum, which wasn't much.
The injury occurred when McCollum drove hard to the hoop with 7:22 remaining in the first quarter of Saturday's win over the Atlanta Hawks. McCollum took a hard spill, coming down hard on his left ankle.
McCollum did stay in the game and played through obvious pain, but did not return to the court in the second half.
Anfernee Simons started the second half, but it was Gary Trent Jr., who finished the game at the two.
Coach Stotts said he “wasn’t sure yet” who will start in place of McCollum Monday. He did narrow it down, though-- Anfernee Simons, Gary Trent Jr., or Rodney Hood.
“Obviously it’ll change the rotation, extend the minutes of some guys. Obviously, Anfernee and Rodney will probably get a little more run than they have in the past, but I don’t think it changes the way we play. Anfernee will have backup point guard minutes when Dame is out, but again we want to play our style,”Coach Stotts said.
Before the foot injury, McCollum was off to an elite start. Through 12 and a half games, the Trail Blazers starting shooting guard is averaging 26.7 points, 5.0 assists, and 3.9 rebounds.
The Blazers and Spurs tip-off at 12:00p.m. PST Monday on NBCSNW, the official network of the Portland Trail Blazers.