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Damian Lillard undergoes abdominal surgery, out at least 6 weeks

January 14, 2022 - Friday 1:01 PM by GDM

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Damian Lillard last played on December 31.

Portland Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard underwent surgery to repair his abdominal injury, the team announced Thursday (Friday, Manila time).

Lillard will be evaluated in six weeks, but there is no timetable for his return.

The six-time All Star last played on December 11. 

He has missed 11 games overall this season because of lower abdominal tendinopathy.

Lillard said that he aggravated his abdominal injury during his stint with Team USA at the Tokyo Olympics.

"It wasn't easy at all because I just love being out there. Like, I love being out there playing," Lillard said in a story posted to the Blazers' official website. 

"I've always been available to play but I think the older you get, the more experience that you have, not just in sports but in life, it becomes more important to play chess. My pride might say 'Keep fighting it out, get the job done again. Try to get in the playoffs.' And then the older me is saying 'You can't do none of that stuff if you're not at your best.'"

Lillard, 31, has been averaging 24 points  and 7.3 assists in 29 games.

Fellow backcourt star CJ McCollum is out indefinitely after sustaining a collapsed lung.

Portland is in 10th place in the Western Conference, and the team is 4-7 without Lillard.

 

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