The Portland Trail Blazers limped into the All-Break with the majority of the roster nursing some sort of injury.
Damian Lillard was added to that list in the final minutes of the team's loss to the Grizzlies on February 12th when he suffered a right groin strain.
The injury forced Lillard to remove himself from the Three-Point Competition and All-Star Game in Chicago and put his playing status in question for the Blazers return to the court on Feruary 21st vs. New Orleans.
Lillard was still able to join in the All-Star festivities, performing on stage with Lil' Wayne and Jeremih. He even got engaged!
Head coach Terry Stotts was on Rip City Mornings with Dan and Nigel on Tuesday and he gave us an update on his star guard.
With groins, you just don't know. It could be a week, it could be a month. Who knows? - Terry Stotts
Trail Blazers Head Coach - Terry Stotts https://t.co/cZsTsg9dXN
— Rip City Radio 620 (@RipCityRadio620) February 18, 2020
Stotts didn't put a timetable on Lillard's return, but he did say that he would be at the team's practice facility either Tuesday or Wednesday to be re-evaluated. However, Coach Stotts doesn't expect Lillard to practice Wednesday when the Trail Blazers return to practice.
On the bright side, it appears Lillard got a very early jump on the rehab process. Said Stotts, "We were fortunate one of our H & P people were in Chicago to be able to give him treatment."
With team staff members on-site, the Blazers and Lillard wasted no time getting his body back to 100 percent.
The Blazers start their post-All-Star break schedule at home Friday when they host the New Orleans Pelicans.
Hopefully, fans heading to Moda Center are greeted by a healthy Lillard in the starting lineup.
Tipoff is set for 7:30pm on NBC Sports Northwest and the NBC Sports My Teams App.