How long has Damian Lillard been out? Injury timeline, return date, latest Trail Blazers updates

Damian Lillard will miss much of the 2021-22 NBA season.

Trail Blazers star is reportedly planning an operation to deal with a “lingering abdominal injury” and will be reconsidered in a few weeks, although it seems possible that he will be out longer.

What’s next for Lillard? Here’s everything we know about his injury, and the latest news on when he may return to court.

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What is Damian Lillard’s injury?

Lillard’s injury is listed as abdominal tendinopathy. It’s something he’s been working on for some time.

According to Brian Windhorst of ESPN, Lillard made it worse in the summer when he played for the US team at the Tokyo Olympics. On December 8, Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports announced that Lillard had undergone a cortisone injection procedure to “alleviate the pain he had struggled over the past few years,” adding that the pain had reached a “heightened point” before the operation.

After missing five games in a row, Lillard returned to the lineup on December 12. He played in nine consecutive matches before being stopped again, averaging 29.6 points, 6.2 assists and 4.6 rebounds at 0.413 /, 363 /, 846 shooting splits.

Lillard last played on December 31, 2021.

How long will Damian Lillard be out?

It is not known how long the Trail Blazers will be without Lillard.

Lillard is said to be out for at least six to eight weeks, but Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports said his return to the game would depend on “his health and the team’s ranking.”

In a Twitter thread, Jeff Stotts of In Street Clothes provided some insight into the type of injury Lillard might face.

Trail Blazers are currently in 10th place in the Western Conference table with a balance of 16-24. That’s good enough to be in the Play-In picture, but only three games separate them from Thunder in 14th place.

Trail Blazers made it to the playoffs in eight consecutive seasons, the longest active series in the NBA.

UPDATES (January 13, 2022): According to Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports, Lillard is now expected to be re-evaluated in five to six weeks.

Damian Lillard’s career statistics, the best

  • 24.6 points per match
  • 6.6 assists per match
  • 4.2 rebounds per match
  • 1.0 thefts per game
  • 2.8 turnover per game
  • 43.7 percent shooting
  • 37.3 percent three-point shooting
  • 89.3 percent of free throw shots


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