Lillard (groin) is listed as out for Saturday's game against the Hawks.
Reports earlier in the week suggested that Lillard would travel with Portland for its three-game road trip that began Thursday in Indiana, but Casey Holdahl of the Trail Blazers' official site later relayed that the point guard opted against making the flight to Indianapolis. The fact that the team is ruling Lillard out a full day in advance of Saturday's game suggests that he won't be joining the Trail Blazers in Atlanta either. Portland is still seemingly evaluating Lillard's status on a game-by-game basis, but at this point, it would be surprising if he even makes the trip to Orlando for Monday's game against the Magic, much less plays.
Lillard (groin) will travel with the Trail Blazers during the team's upcoming three-game road trip to Indiana, Atlanta and Orlando, but he's expected to be sidelined "a couple more games," Jason Quick of The Athletic reports.
This is unfortunate news for the Trail Blazers, who are on the fringes of the playoff picture in the Western Conference. While Lillard remains sidelined, CJ McCollum, who has three straight double-doubles, presumably will continue to handle most of the play-making responsibilities.
Lillard (groin) did not practice Thursday and said he thinks he'll miss 3-to-4 games, Casey Holdahl of the Trail Blazers' official site reports.
Lillard is still working his way back from a strained right groin he suffered prior to the All-Star break, and it sounds like he's still around a week away from returning to action. In his continued absence, Anfernee Simons and Gary Trent are candidates to see increased run, while C.J. McCollum should benefit from an uptick in usage.
Trail Blazers coach Terry Stotts said that he doesn't expect Lillard (groin) to practice when the team returns from the All-Star break Wednesday, Dan Sheldon of NBC Sports Northwest Rip City Radio 620 reports. "You never know," Stotts said, when asked about a timeline for Lillard's return. "Could be a week. Could be a month."
With that, Lillard can tentatively be viewed as doubtful for the Trail Blazers' first game of the second half Friday versus the Pelicans, and there's a strong possibility the All-Star point guard misses additional time beyond that with the right groin strain. Young guards Anfernee Simons and Gary Trent should notice spikes in playing time if Lillard misses any action, while C.J. McCollum would also benefit from an uptick in usage in that scenario.
Lillard has been diagnosed with right groin strain and is expected to miss the next 1-to-2 weeks, Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports reports.
Lillard suffered the injury during Wednesday's matchup with the Grizzlies. He's already been ruled out for All-Star weekend, and he's now in jeopardy of missing regular-season time. Luckily, the Blazers don't suit up again until Feb. 21 against the Pelicans.
Lillard sustained a right groin strain during Wednesday's loss to the Grizzlies, Dan Woike of the Los Angeles Times reports.
The 29-year-old sustained the injury during the closing stages of the fourth quarter and will undergo an MRI Thursday to determine the severity of the issue. Lillard had 20 points (7-19 FG, 2-7 3Pt, 4-4 FT), 10 assists, five rebounds and one steal prior to leaving the game. According to Woike, Lillard won't be participating in the All-Star festivities this weekend as a result.
Lillard notched 20 points (6-16 FG, 0-4 3Pt, 8-9 FT), six assists and five rebounds in 29 minutes during Tuesday's 138-117 loss at New Orleans.
Lillard has scored at least 20 points in every single game since Jan. 3 and should remain as Portland's go-to guy when it comes to scoring and distributing the rock. The star point guard is averaging career-best marks in points (29.7) and assists (7.9) per game, as he is single-handedly keeping Portland's playoff hopes alive. Lillard is also shooting 51.4 percent from the field and 49.1 percent from three-point range in his last 10 games -- both numbers would be career-high marks if sustained during the course of an entire season.
Lillard scored 33 points (11-23 FG, 6-15 3Pt, 5-6 FT), eight assists, four rebounds, a steal and a block in 37 minutes during Sunday's win over Miami.
Lillard continued his masterful scoring stretch that's seen him eclipse 30 points in 11-of-14 games since Jan. 13. considering he's shown no signs of slowing down, owners should continue to plug Lillard into any format with the utmost confidence. On the season, the star point guard's averaging 29.9 points, 7.9 assists, 4.3 rebounds and 4.0 threes per game with career-best shooting splits of 46.3 percent from the field and 39.8 percent from three respectively.
Lillard generated 42 points (16-30 FG, 8-14 3Pt, 2-3 FT), six assists, six rebounds, two blocked shots and a steal across 43 minutes in Friday's 117-114 loss to the Jazz.
Lillard did everything he could to pull out a win, but a controversial call at the end of the game involving a potential three-point lay-in shot to tie the score was the last straw for Lillard, who went off in a post-game interview about how badly the game was called. It certainly looked like Rudy Gobert committed goaltending in the pivotal shot, and the Jazz were also relentless in covering Lillard to the point of tangling him up repeatedly without a whistle blow. Despite the controversy, Lillard remains one of the hottest players in the NBA over the past few weeks.
Lillard delivered 26 points (9-20 FG, 3-9 3Pt, 5-5 FT), 10 assists and two rebounds in 37 minutes during Thursday's 125-117 win over the Spurs.
Lillard's seven turnovers tied for his second-highest mark of the season, but the star point turned it up a notch late in the game and carried the Blazers to another win. He might have scored under 30 points for the second straight game, but Lillard has scored 20 or more in 17 straight games while dishing out seven or more assists in all but three games during that stretch. Aside from scoring at a stellar level almost on a nightly basis, Lillard is also averaging a career-best 8.0 assists per game in 2019-20.
Lillard posted 21 points (8-23 FG, 1-6 3Pt, 4-4 FT), nine assists, two rebounds and one steal across 30 minutes Tuesday in the Trail Blazers' 127-99 loss to the Nuggets.
After clearing 30 points in eight straight games and averaging 45.1 points over that stretch, Lillard finally cooled off Tuesday, and the Blazers were blown out as a result. Given that this sort of outing represents Lillard's nightly floor, fantasy managers who had surged up the standings lately thanks to the point guard's heroics can't complain too much about the poor showing.
Lillard supplied 51 points (17-29 FG, 9-15 3Pt, 8-8 FT), 12 assists, two rebounds and one steal across 36 minutes in Saturday's 124-107 win over the Jazz.
A typically tough Jazz defense did little to stifle Lillard, who has been enjoying the best offensive run of his career in the past two weeks. Over his last eight outings, the star point guard is averaging a whopping 45.1 points to go with 9.6 assists, 7.1 triples, 5.5 rebounds and 1.3 steals in 39.5 minutes while shooting 53.2 percent from the field and 88.1 percent from the line (on 10.5 attempts per game). Lillard's stellar form of late has allowed him to move ahead of Anthony Davis as the second-most valuable fantasy option in eight-category leagues this season, trailing only James Harden.
Lillard produced 48 points (17-30 FG, 7-12 3Pt, 7-8 FT), 10 assists, nine rebounds and two steals across 40 minutes in Friday's 127-119 win over the Lakers.
After an emotional tribute celebrating the life of Kobe Bryant, players for both teams paid homage to Bryant by playing their hearts out. Lillard's spectacular evening stole the show in a surprising victory over the Lakers. Lillard is arguably the hottest player in the NBA at the moment, and he capped off January with a monster effort. Over 14 games in January, he averaged 33.1 points, 8.3 assists, 4.9 rebounds and 1.8 steals. This emotional game should give the Trail Blazers momentum as they try to scrape back into playoff relevancy.
Lillard exploded for 36 points (11-21 FG, 6-12 3Pt, 8-10 FT), 11 assists, 10 rebounds and one steal in 39 minutes during Wednesday's 125-112 win over the Rockets.
Lillard is currently riding his hottest streak of the season. The star point guard has scored at least 34 points in each of his last six games, tallying three double-doubles and one triple-double over that span. Lillard is averaging an impressive 33.1 points and 8.3 assists per game during January, and he is posting a career-best 7.8 dimes per contest.
Lillard accounted for 50 points (14-23 FG, 8-12 3Pt, 14-16 FT), 13 assists, six rebounds and one steal across 38 minutes in Sunday's 139-129 win over the Pacers.
For the past two weeks, Lillard has been the top fantasy option in eight- and nine-category leagues alike by virtue of averaging 40.1 points, 8.6 assists, 5.9 triples, 4.7 rebounds, 1.1 steals and 3.0 turnovers in 39.3 minutes over seven outings. While it's likely Lillard's scoring will drop off once his 51.2 percent and 47.1 percent marks from the field and three-point land veer closer to his typical rates, he'll continue to offer an exceptionally high floor as the engine of a Blazers offense lacking in reliable supplementary options beyond Hassan Whiteside, C.J. McCollum and Carmelo Anthony. Even before his recent heater, Lillard was returning first-round fantasy value, so there's little reason for his managers to fear a substantial downturn in his productivity.
Lillard poured in 47 points (16-28 FG, 8-15 3Pt, 7-7 FT), adding eight assists, six rebounds and a steal during Thursday's 133-125 loss to Dallas. He also had five turnovers.
Lillard drained a 39-foot three to get the Blazers on the board, boomed for 16 of their first 19 points in the third quarter and has now accounted for 108 points over his previous two games. Those numbers are unsustainable, but Lillard is everything to Portland. He will need another handful of explosions to make a playoff push a reality. The Blazers have lost 11 of their previous 16 games.
Lillard went off for 61 points (17-37 FG, 11-20 3Pt, 16-16 FT) and added 10 rebounds, seven assists and one steal in Monday's 129-124 overtime win over the Warriors.
Coming off of back-to-back 34-point games, Lillard followed up by turning in a career-best scoring performance, with the 61 points also setting a franchise record and besting Kemba Walker's mark (52) for the most by an NBA player on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Lillard hit a number of key shots late in the fourth quarter, including a step-back three-pointer to tie the game with just seconds left in regulation. He then led the Blazers attack in the extra period, finishing with his second 60-point effort of the season. Lillard also established season highs in points and made threes, while his 45 minutes played were his second-most in any game this season.
Lillard had 34 points (10-23 FG, 5-12 3Pt, 9-12 FT), six assists and one steal in 36 minutes during Saturday's 119-106 loss at Oklahoma City.
The star point guard took advantage of the absence of backcourt mate C.J. McCollum (ankle) to clear the 30-point mark for the third time in four games. Even if McCollum is back in action Monday against the Warriors, Lillard won't be in line for much of a downturn his production. With averages of 27.1 points, 7.6 assists, 4.0 rebounds, 3.4 triples and 1.0 steals per game on the season to go with a 44.6 percent mark from the field and 88.1 percent mark from the free-throw line, Lillard has delivered first-round value in most fantasy formats.
Lillard had 34 points (13-25 FG, 3-10 3PT, 5-7 FT), 10 assists, two steals and one rebound in 40 minutes during Friday's 120-112 loss at Dallas.
The star point guard delivered his third double-double of the month, but he is taking another leap as a playmaker during January since he is averaging 7.9 dimes per game during the first month of 2020 -- he has dished out seven or more assists in eight of his last 10 games as well. A virtual lock to 20-plus points on a nightly basis, Lillard should remain Portland's main scoring and playmaking threat moving forward, and his offensive load could increase if C.J. McCollum is forced to miss time due to the ankle sprain he suffered Friday.
Lillard (illness) said that he's playing Friday against Dallas, Jamie Goldberg of The Oregonian reports.
Lillard was handed a questionable designation just hours before tipoff due to illness, but he's evidently feeling well enough to give it a go. He figures to start Friday's contest.
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