Lillard Has Strained Leg Muscle, Out At Least One Week

Trail Blazers star guard Damian Lillard has a Grade 1 strain to the soleus muscle in the right lower leg, according to a team press release.

An MRI taken Saturday night after the team’s game against Utah revealed the extent of the injury. Lillard will be re-evaluated in 1-2 weeks.

Lillard missed four games earlier this season due to a calf strain. He sat out a majority of last season due to a core muscle issue.

Lillard’s calf tightened up in the third quarter Saturday while taking a jump shot.

He’s averaging 26.3 points and 7.0 assists for Portland, which is off to a 10-6 start this season despite losing three of its last four games.

The Blazers’ backcourt has already been thinned by injuries to Gary Payton II and Keon Johnson. Rookie Shaedon Sharpe will have to shoulder a heavier load until Lillard returns.

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