Jan 5, 2022; Portland, Oregon, USA; Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard (0) sits on the team bench before a game against the Miami Heat at Moda Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports

Portland Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard hasn’t played since December 31 due to a lingering abdominal injury. According to a report by Brian Windhorst, Lillard is now considering surgery to address the issue.

The specifics of the procedure are yet to be determined by doctors but Windhorst notes that procedures like this are expected to keep Lillard out of action for six-to-eight weeks.

The 31-year-old Lillard aggravated the abdominal injury while playing for Team USA at last summer’s Tokyo Olympics. All season long, he was struggling with the injury and it impacted his stats. After averaging 30 points and 28.8 points per game in the last two seasons, the six-time All-Star has averaged 24 points in 29 games this NBA season.

The Blazers currently find themselves in 10th place in the Western Conference at 16-24 and they are 4-7 without Lillard during the season. The team is also playing with CJ McCollum, who is out indefinitely with a collapsed lung.

The Blazers are looking at a disappointing follow-up to last season’s 42-3o season and likely won’t get much better if they have to be without Lillard and McCollom for a significant amount of time. Still, some NBA folks feel that shutting down Lillard in order to make sure he’s healthy in the future is the best course of action.

Hopefully, Lillard will be able to heal up and get back to action soon enough. Considered one of the best players in the NBA today, the Blazers and the league are better when Dame is on the court.

[Brian Windhorst]

About Sean Keeley

Along with writing for Awful Announcing and The Comeback, Sean is the Editorial Strategy Director for Comeback Media. Previously, he created the Syracuse blog Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician and wrote 'How To Grow An Orange: The Right Way to Brainwash Your Child Into Rooting for Syracuse.' He has also written non-Syracuse-related things for SB Nation, Curbed, and other outlets. He currently lives in Seattle where he is complaining about bagels. Send tips/comments/complaints to sean@thecomeback.com.