Damian Lillard Suffers Groin Strain, Won’t Take Part in All-Star Weekend

Damian Lillard. Photo by Imagine China/Shutterstock

Portland Trail Blazers’ superstar Damian Lillard, unfortunately, won’t get to show his skills during the upcoming All-Star weekend. Lillard suffered a groin strain in Blazers’ 111-104 loss to Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday, which forced him to leave the contest early.

While Lillard’s injury isn’t serious, he still opted to use the All-Star break to recover in order to help Trail Blazers make a playoff push in the remaining part of the season.

“Obviously, that’s something you look forward to,” said Lillard. “Those festivities and having fun, but my health is first.”

Lillard, who supposed to also take part in the 3-point contest, said that he will still be in Chicago to spend some time with his fellow All-Stars.

“Hopefully somebody who should have been there that didn’t make it, but unfortunately I had to be the fall guy,” he added. “But hopefully Devin Booker, someone like that, will get the spot.”

Damian Lillard has been having an exceptional season in 2019/20 despite Portland’s struggles to get to a playoff spot in the West. Lillard has career numbers, averaging 29.7 points, 7.9 assists, and 4.3 rebounds for the season so far. The 29-year-old was exceptionally good since the beginning of the year, as he is averaging 38.4 points and 9.4 assists in the last month.

Portland Trail Blazers are currently ninth in the Western Conference, being five games behind Memphis Grizzlies on the eighth and final playoff spot.