Damian Lillard to have surgery, not season-ending

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Brian Windhorst: Damian Lillard is planning to have surgery in the near future to address a lingering abdominal injury, sources told ESPN. The procedure isn’t expected to be season-ending but that is to be determined.
Source: Twitter @WindhorstESPN

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
I don’t think Damian Lillard being out changes anything for him being traded. But I do think it opens the Blazers up to do moves they might not have otherwise. Nurkic and Covington for sure, since they are on expiring deals., Maybe Powell. Maybe McCollum.
Reset w/ a high pick. – 5:45 PM

Shams Charania @ShamsCharania
Portland Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard will undergo surgery on Thursday for his abdominal injury and will be sidelined indefinitely, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium. – 5:45 PM

Kurt Helin @basketballtalk
Report: Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard to undergo (not necessarily season-ending) surgery nba.nbcsports.com/2022/01/12/rep…5:42 PM

Brian Windhorst @WindhorstESPN
Damian Lillard is planning to have surgery in the near future to address a lingering abdominal injury, sources told ESPN. The procedure isn’t expected to be season-ending but that is to be determined. – 5:26 PM

Vinny Benedetto @VBenedetto
The Colorado Rapids just drafted Notre Dame midfielder Mohamed Omar with the 23rd pick. The Rapids previously traded the No. 10 pick to Nashville. Rapis also picking at 26. – 5:24 PM

StatMuse @statmuse
The Nets lost to the Blazers without Dame or CJ tonight.
They have lost 5 of their last 7 games. pic.twitter.com/vrcUhveJ9l12:32 AM

Damian Lillard @Dame_Lillard
Great win fellas… I see you big Ant @Anfernee Simons 💪🏾💪🏾 – 12:29 AM

Nick Friedell @NickFriedell
Granted, it’s a rescheduled game — on a Monday night without Lillard and several other key guys for the Blazers — but in all my years traveling out to Portland I have never seen this place so empty. Maybe half-full at tip-off. – 10:11 PM

Jamie Hudson @JamieHudson_
Blazers Injury Report:
Norman Powell (health and safety protocols), Damian Lillard (abdominal tendinopathy – injury management), CJ McCollum (right lung pneumothorax) and Larry Nance Jr. (right knee; inflammation) are out for tonight’s game against Brooklyn. – 4:01 PM

Casey Holdahl @CHold
Norman Powell (health and safety protocols), Damian Lillard (abdominal tendinopathy – injury management), CJ McCollum (right lung pneumothorax) and Larry Nance Jr. (right knee; inflammation) are all out for tonight’s game versus Nets. – 4:01 PM

Sean Highkin @highkin
At @BleacherReport: Shutting Damian Lillard down to address his lingering abdomen injury and do a one-year franchise reset is the clear path forward for the Blazers—and the likely next step in the coming days bleacherreport.com/articles/29522…11:09 AM

Damian Lillard @Dame_Lillard
Wow… #RaiderNation12:38 AM

StatMuse @statmuse
Anfernee Simons in 2022 (4 games):
29.0 PPG
6.5 APG
5.8 3PG
54/51/100%
All starts, all without Dame. pic.twitter.com/Q2dyJiOYoz11:24 PM

James Ham @James_HamNBA
Game 42. The quit game. After a bad first half of the season, the Kings opened the second half with another epic lay down. Facing a Blazers team missing Dame, C.J. and Powell, the Kings were slow, lethargic and all around pathetic. Here are 6 quick thoughts from the 103-88 loss. – 11:20 PM

Kurt Helin @basketballtalk
Damian Lillard not joining Blazers on six-game road trip, will see specialists nba.nbcsports.com/2022/01/09/dam…9:17 PM

Jay Allen @PDXjay
Coach Billups says Damian Lillard (abdominal tendinopathy) will not travel with the #Blazers on their upcoming 6-game road trip. Lillard will be meeting with specialists this week to decide how to proceed with the injury. – 7:18 PM

Sean Highkin @highkin
Chauncey Billups says Damian Lillard will not travel with the team on their upcoming seven-game road trip. He will meet with a specialist instead to determine next steps. – 7:17 PM

More on this storyline

Coach Chauncey Billups said before the game that Lillard is consulting with specialists this week regarding his injury to determine how to proceed. -via Columbian / January 10, 2022

Casey Holdahl: Chauncey Billups says @Damian Lillard will not travel with the team on their upcoming road trip as he will be meeting with specialists regarding his abdomen issue. -via Twitter @CHold / January 9, 2022

Jamie Hudson: Blazers Injury Report: Damian Lillard (abdominal tendinopathy – injury management), CJ McCollum (right lung pneumothorax) and Larry Nance Jr. (right knee; inflammation) are out for tonight’s game against Sacramento. -via Twitter @JamieHudson_ / January 9, 2022