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Dec 21 (The Sports Xchange) - Portland Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard will miss the first game of his career Monday with soreness in his left plantar fascia. Lillard aggravated the injury against the Miami Heat and said Sunday night he was sore. Lillard's streak was at 275 consecutive games since entering the NBA. Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan has the NBA's active mark for consecutive games played at 350 entering Monday's game. - - - The Trail Blazers also were missing guard CJ McCollum, who tweaked both ankles in the fourth quarter against the Heat on Sunday. - - - Toronto Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas has been cleared to return to practice, the team announced. Valanciunas has been sidelined the past 15 games after he sustained a fractured fourth metacarpal in his left (non-shooting) hand during the second quarter on Nov. 20 at the Los Angeles Lakers. The Raptors also announced that forward Bruno Caboclo and guard Norman Powell were assigned to Raptors 905, the team's NBA Development League affiliate. - - - The Atlanta Hawks recalled 7-foot-3 center Edy Tavares from the Austin Spurs of the NBA Development League. - - - The New York Knicks played Monday without forward Kyle O'Quinn, who has a sprained right ankle. - - - Orlando Magic guard C.J. Watson missed Monday's game with a sore left calf. - - - Chicago Bulls forward Pau Gasol returned to the lineup after he sat out Saturday's game against the New York Knicks to rest. - - - Brooklyn Nets guard Shane Larkin missed his fourth consecutive game with a concussion. He hasn't played since Dec. 14. (Editing by Steve Keating.)