SAN ANTONIO (AP) – Damian Lillard was absent from the Blazers-Spurs clash on Friday night with a tendon in his right tendon.
Lillard started to experience hamstring discomfort during training on Thursday and it didn’t improve on Friday.
Portland coach Terry Stotts said Lillard had sat down as a precaution but was not sure the six-time All-Star would be available for Sunday’s game in Charlotte.
Without Lillard, the Blazers overcame a 16-point second-half deficit to beat the Pelicans 107-106. CJ McCollum led the way with 29 points and Norman Powell added 24, including the face-off with 22.8 seconds left.
“Getting a queenless win was very important,” said Stotts. “The way we came back, down 16, was important. Finding a way to end a game was important. So I think there were a lot of positives to take from this game.
Lillard averages 28.7 points and 7.7 assists in 52 games. He’s only missed two games this season, including the Trail Blazers ‘victory over Orlando Magic on March 26 after hitting his knees with Dallas’ Josh Richardson in a previous game.