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Damian Lillard not worried about CJ McCollum's foot injury long-term

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For the first time all season, the Portland Trail Blazers took the court without shooting guard CJ McCollum in the lineup.

The result was an ugly 125-104 home loss to the San Antonio Spurs where the Blazers shot a putrid 28.6% from three-point range. 

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However, the good news for Blazers fans from the afternoon is the team doesn't seem too worried about McCollum's absence with franchise star Damian Lillard discussing it after the loss. 

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"I'm expecting a few games. I don't know, maybe the rest of this homestand," said Lillard when asked about what CJ's told him about the injury. "I'm really not sure. But I don't think it's something that will be too extended."

A large part of Lillard's confidence that McCollum will return sooner than later has been McCollum's unchanged demeanor around the team. 

"A lot of times when guys get hurt I try to look at their mood," Dame explained. "The type of mood that they in and the body language and the energy that they have when they're around the team and he's been himself.

If he was worried then I would be worried, but he doesn't seem worried. 

Damian Lillard on CJ McCollum's ankle injury

McCollum suffered a left foot sprain in the first half against the Atlanta Hawks when Clint Capella landed on his ankle trying to contest CJ's shot at the rim. McCollum finished the half, scoring 16 points in the process but was ruled out for the game shortly after halftime. 

 

After the game, Terry Stotts confirmed the MRI said it was just a sprain. Before Monday's game, Stotts provided an update saying "CJ will be re-evaluated in a week."

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CJ had gotten off to the best start of his career, averaging 26.7 points (8th in the NBA) and 5.0 assists while shooting 44.1% from behind the three-point line before suffering the injury Saturday versus Atlanta. 

Starting in McCollum's place was Rodney Hood who scored a season-high 21 points on 9-14 from the floor, by far his best game of the season coming off of his Achilles injury.

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