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Damian Lillard out 7 more games with abdominal injury

The Blazers' star guard was sidelined by the injury earlier this season.

Damian Lillard is averaging 24.0 ppg this season for Portland.

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After sitting out three home games, Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard will miss at least the next six games because of a nagging abdominal injury. Per the Blazers, Lillard will undergo further evaluation and consultation concerning his lower abdominal tendinopathy.

Lillard, reevaluated after missing games against the Miami Heat (Jan. 5), Cleveland Cavaliers (Jan. 7) and Sacramento Kings (Jan. 9), will miss Monday’s rescheduled matchup with the Nets and won’t return prior to the Blazers next home game after that, scheduled for Jan. 25 vs. the Minnesota Timberwolves.

He first sat out on Jan. 3, a 136-131 win against Atlanta, for injury management reasons. Lillard also worked through an abdominal injury from Nov. 30 to Dec. 12, missing five games during that span, and dealt with a lower abdominal injury early in 2021.

This season, Lillard is averaging 24.0 points, 4.1 rebounds and 7.3 assists per game, ranking 11th in the NBA in scoring and 10th in assists. The Blazers are 14-22 and No. 12 in the Western Conference, but are just 4 1/2 games out of the No. 5 or No. 6 spots.