Lillard to miss All-Star Weekend with groin injury

Damian Lillard of the Portland Trail Blazers

Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard suffers groin injury; will miss NBA All-Star Game

And worst yet, Lillard was unable to finish Wednesday's game against the Grizzlies, a 111-104 loss, walking off the court with 3:22 left with a groin injury that he said will keep him out of the 3-point contest and the All-Star Game this. Unfortunately, that will force the point guard to miss the upcoming All-Star Game. Head coach Terry Stotts told reporters that Lillard is scheduled for an MRI on Thursday. "Those festivities and having fun, but my health is first".

"After this break, it's on", Damian Lillard said. "I knew right away that wasn't going to happen".

In the game, Damian Lillard scored 20 points, dished out 10 assists and grabbed five rebounds in 37 minutes.

In his fifth season, the 6-foot-5 shooting guard is ripping through National Basketball Association defenses to the tune of 26.4 points, 6.3 assists and 4.2 rebounds per game while shooting 49.9 percent from the field and 36.1 percent from deep.

The 29-year-old added that Devin Booker would be a deserving replacement for All-Star Weekend. With Wednesday's loss dropping Portland to 25-31 (.446) - four games behind Memphis for the eighth and final playoff seed in the Western Conference - the Trail Blazers will hope for a speedy recovery for their franchise player.

Lillard appeared to suffer the injury as he drove to the basket against Jonas Valanciunas, landing awkwardly before heading straight to the locker room.

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