It seems that the possibility of not seeing Damian Lillard in action until next season is taking shape. A few days ago we explained the reasons why Portland and its star could choose that path; today we have a new clue in that line when we learn that he has opted for surgery to overcome his abdominal injury.
According to Brian Windhorst of ESPN, Lillard plans to go under the knife in the near future, an operation that would not mean the end of his campaign, but that would bring him closer to it, since it would be a decision to be made later.
Just about the withdrawal period, Chris B. Haynes of Yahoo Sports gives a little more information. According to their sources, the Blazers would not reevaluate player status for another 6 or 8 weeks; that is to say, we are talking about what could happen in two months… In that case, we would be in the middle of March, at which time there would be only one of regular season. The path selected in that case might depend on the team’s qualifying situation.
The truth is that those from Oregon do not inspire much confidence. They currently occupy 10th place in the Western Conference with 16-24, which would give them the option of entering the playoffs through the play-in tournament; however, such a possibility may be far from what the organization intended, so seeing them close the season would not be a surprise.
Regarding Lillard, he point guard He has admitted that he has been suffering from discomfort in the abdomen for years, so stopping now to be fully recovered for the 2022-23 academic year may be the right route.
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