McCollum will require 6-to-8 weeks of rest, rehab and recovery but won't undergo surgery on his back, Jamie Hudson of NBC Sports Northwest reports. The 28-year-old never missed a game while in the NBA bubble, despite the fact he's been dealing with an L3 vertebral transverse process fracture in his back for most of August. McCollum did all he could during Saturday's Game 5 against the Lakers with 36 points (13-25 FG, 3-7 3Pt, 7-8FT), seven assists, six boards and one steal in 46 minutes, but it wasn't enough to keep the Trail Blazers' season alive in the absence of Damien Lillard (knee). If all goes well in his recovery, McCollum should be fully cleared by the start of November.
McCollum finished with 36 points (13-25 FG, 3-7 3Pt, 7-8FT), seven assists, six boards, and one steal in 46 minutes of a 131-122 loss to Los Angeles on Saturday. McCollum turned in his best performance of the series, almost leading his team to an upset in a spirited effort in Game 5 despite the absence of his backcourt running mate Damian Lillard (knee) in the contest. McCollum's herculean effort wasn't enough to make up for the Trail Blazers' depleted bench, and ultimately the Portland effort fell short, ending its season with the loss.
McCollum finished Monday's Game 4 loss to the Lakers with 18 points (5-13 FG, 2-3 3Pt, 6-8 FT) and five rebounds. It was a difficult night for the Blazers' offense, with McCollum and Damian Lillard (knee) combining to hit just 8-of-22 from the field. McCollum also tacked on two assists, two steals and a block in 33 minutes.
McCollum went for 28 points (12-25 FG, 4-12 3Pt), eight rebounds, four assists, two steals and a block in 43 minutes during Saturday's 116-108 Game 3 loss against the Lakers. McCollum struggled from the field in the first two games of the series, but he delivered an improved effort in Game 4. He has scored 20 or more points in four of his last five games dating back to the seeding round.
McCollum registered 13 points (6-16 FG, 1-5 3Pt, 0-2 FT), five rebounds and three assists in 33 minutes during Thursday's 111-88 Game 2 loss against the Lakers. McCollum entered this game on the heels of three straight performances with at least 20 points, but he couldn't push that streak to four. That said, he's averaging 20.4 points per game on 43.7 percent shooting since the league resumed July 30, and the Blazers will need that kind of production from him to have a shot at pulling off an upset in Game 3 on Saturday, especially if Damian Lillard (finger) is not at full strength.
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