CJ McCollum ruled out against Spurs after sustaining left leg injury

CJ McCollum, the Portland Trail Blazers goaltender, left, reacts after firing a shot, next to San Antonio Spurs goalkeeper Marco Belinelli, during the second half of an NBA basketball game at Portland, Oregon on Thursday, February 7, 2019. The Blazers won 127-118. (Parlay Game Photo / Steve Dykes)

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Portland Trail Blazers Guardian CJ McCollum was injured in the left leg in the third quarter of Saturday night's game against San Antonio Spurs and was ruled out after limping back in the locker room, according to The Athletic Jason Quick.

The injury occurred after McCollum lifted up and landed awkwardly on the leg along the baseline.

NBC Sports Northwest @NBCSNorthwest

McCollum goes up for a layup and takes a hard fall. Must be helped in the locker room. We will have updates as soon as we get them … https://t.co/YZNN8uneW7

Parlay Game Adrian Wojnarowski McCollum announced an MRI on Sunday. Head Coach Terry Stotts later told reporters X-rays on McCollum's leg came back negative.

Jason Quick @jwquick

CJ says that he does not have much information other than his knee "does not feel normal." He is waiting for the results of the MRI.

McCollum averaged 21.5 points on 46.3% of Trail Blazers, fourth in the Western Conference.

McCollum has only missed six games since the start of the 2015-16 season, one of which was due to a suspension. Until Saturday's scare, McCollum played only one game this season with a sprained left ankle.

The 27 year old had a "[plasma-rich platelet] injection during the off-season to relieve pain and relieve minor swelling in the right knee, "according to Yahoo Sports & # 39; Chris Haynes. McCollum did not participate in any basketball related activities for nine weeks, but was ready for the 2018-19 pre-season.

With McCollum out, look for Rodney Hood to enter the starting training. The 26-year-old, whom the Blazers have acquired from The Cleveland Cavaliers in February, averages 8.4 points on 46.2 percent shooting.

Seth Curry should also have more minutes on the bench. The 28-year-old was eliminated from the three-point range, hitting 44.3% of his shots.

The Blazers are off to their sixth consecutive playoff game, but McCollum is Portland's second-leading scorer, averaging 20 or more points per game in his last four seasons. The Blazers need him as soon as possible.

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