----- Trail Blazers avoid a disaster, CJ McCollum to be re-examined in one week with a strained popliteus in his left knee.
The Trail Blazers have dodged a bullet.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, CJ McCollum has sustained a popliteus strain in his left knee and will be re-examined in a week.
After going down in the third quarter in last night's 108-103 loss to the Spurs, everyone feared the worst CJ McCollum and his left knee. According to Blazers coach, Terry Stotts the X-rays were negative and an MRI would be performed on Sunday.
This appears to be the best case for McCollum and the Blazers in all of the possible scenarios. Portland is currently in fourth place in the Western Conference playoff standings a half-game ahead of the Oklahoma City Thunder.
With McCollum set to be re-examined in a week, the Blazers will play games against Indiana tomorrow night, Dallas on Wednesday, Detroit on Saturday, and Brooklyn next Monday. All of those games are part of a four-game homestand.
Until McCollum returns, Terry Stotts has plenty of guys to choose from to fill his void. Rodney Hood, Jake Layman, Seth Curry, and Evan Turner are all possible solutions to plug into CJ's spot in the starting lineup.
If you are looking for more information on what a popliteus is and what is required for proper recover, Peter Socotch of NBC Sports NW did some excellent research here.
Chad's Take- Get on your knees and thank God. This had the look of a season-ending injury. McCollum's availability is critical for playoff success. This is great news.