December 15 update - McCollum is going to miss “at least another week” with his collapsed lung. The shooting guard has already missed four games with the issue, and is set to miss more. The Blazers are in a tough situation here with the team slipping further down the West standings, but McCollum’s health takes precedence over any chase for a playoff spot.
The Portland Trail Blazers are likely to be without their starting shooting guard CJ McCollum after the team announced he has a collapsed right lung and will be evaluated further. McCollum is averaging 20.6 points, 4.1 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game this season for Portland.
Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum has a pneumothorax (collapsed right lung) and will be further evaluated, team says.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) December 8, 2021
The Blazers were already without star point guard Damian Lillard, who made headlines by reportedly getting ready to ask for a massive extension this summer. Lillard and McCollum have been a successful pairing for Portland but it has started to unravel a bit this season. McCollum is usually in trade talks due to the way Portland’s seasons have typically gone, although no team will be interested in acquiring him with this injury.
The Trail Blazers play the Warriors, Timberwolves, Suns, Grizzlies and Hornets in their next five games. Lillard is slated to re-evaluated shortly and could be back for the team but McCollum’s setback is likely to cost him much more time. Without either starting guard, Portland is likely going to be the underdog in those contests.