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Damian Lillard expects to miss 3-4 games

Trail Blazers PG told reporters Thursday that he won’t miss much time with groin strain.

Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard reacts during the second half against the Memphis Grizzlies at FedExForum.  Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports

Portland Trail Blazers PG Damian Lillard told reporters Thursday that he thinks he’ll miss 3-4 games due to groin strain. Lillard was injured in the final game before the All-Star Break and it caused him to miss All-Star Weekend (outside of performing live as Dame Dolla, of course). This is relatively good news for the Blazers, who need Dame to make their push for the playoffs.

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With Dame out, this obviously puts C.J. McCollum in a really good spot in both DFS and season-long. He’ll be the go-to scorer on offense and will most likely need to play around 40 minutes per game while Dame is out. Lillard could be out through next week’s game vs. the Pacers on Feb. 27. So that would put Dame on track to return Feb. 29 against the Hawks. For now, McCollum and Anfernee Simons will pick up the slack in the back court.