A review of Damian Lillard’s injury history and an update on his latest status:
The Portland Trail Blazers’ Damian Lillard had abdominal surgery on January 13 and is expected to be out until mid-March at the earliest. The injury had been bothering Lillard for years and had kept him out of the lineup for a total of 11 games on seven separate occasions this season before his season ended for good after the Blazers’ New Year’s Eve loss to the Los Angeles Lakers.
While Lillard was obviously struggling throughout this season, he never publicly attributed that to the injury. But his 24.0 points per game average was his worst since the 2014-15 season, and his 32.4 percent 3-point shooting was a career low.
So the Trail Blazers’ best player will act as an assistant coach for at least the next month or two, and likely the remainder of the season. He’ll also be mentoring Anfernee Simons, at least until the youngster departs via trade or free agency.
This article was updated on January 30.
Damian Lillard injury update:
Lillard has not played since New Year’s Eve and will be out until at least March 15, when he will be reevaluated following abdominal surgery.
Damian Lillard knee injury, 2021
Lillard sprained his right knee in Game 4 of the 2021 playoff series against the Lakers and missed the season-ending Game 5.
Damian Lillard left ankle sprain, 2018
Lillard suffered a left ankle sprain against the Dallas Mavericks on April 3, 2018 and missed the following game against the San Antonio Spurs.