McCollum diagnosed with strain in left knee

FILE – Portland Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum reacts after making a 3-point basket against the Oklahoma City Thunder during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Thursday, March 7, 2019. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)

Portland Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum, who was sidelined by an injury during Saturday’s game against the San Antonio Spurs, has been diagnosed with a popliteus strain in his left knee, the team announced on Sunday.

McCollum underwent an MRI on Sunday that revealed the injury, which is less severe than initially feared after McCollum needed assistance to leave the floor on Saturday night. McCollum will be re-evaluated in a week.

McCollum was injured after landing awkwardly on a drive to the basket. Spurs reserve Jakob Poeltl appeared to land on McCollum’s foot to compound the injury.

McCollum left the game with 10 points in 22 minutes. The 27-year-old guard is the Blazers’ second-leading scorer with averages of 21.3 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.9 assists.

The Blazers (42-27) currently are the No. 4 seed in the tight Western Conference standings.

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