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Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard (knee) was unable to finish out the first round series versus the Los Angeles Lakers. He suffered a right knee sprain, but the Blazers medical staff does not believe it will be a long-term issue. The Blazers are now eliminated, so Lillard will get plenty of time to rest and recover for next season. He's coming off an absolute monster season and should be a top-5 fantasy target going into next season.
Portland Trail Blazers guard C.J. McCollum (back) mentioned that he will not need surgery following Saturday's loss to the Los Angeles Lakers. He suffered a vertebral fracture during Portland's first seeding game, but continued to play through the issue. McCollum said after the game that he'll need six to eight weeks of rest to heal his back. It sounds like McCollum will be back at full strength for next season.
Portland Trail Blazers forward Carmelo Anthony is hopeful that he can remain with the team next season. The Blazers were eliminated from the playoffs on Saturday, but it sounds like Anthony has no plans of moving on. "I pray that it can be Portland. I think Ive found a home here. At this point in my career, I think thats the best fit for me," says Anthony. He is an unrestricted free agent, but it sounds like Anthony would love to stay in Portland. Anthony saw increased playing time during the bubble with Trevor Ariza opting out and Zach Collins (ankle) being sidelined. He'd likely share playing time at power forward if he stayed in Portland next season. We'll see what happens, but it sounds like Anthony is happy with the Blazers.
Portland Trail Blazers guard C.J. McCollum (back) is available for Saturday's Game 5 against the Los Angeles Lakers. He suffered a vertebral fracture during the seeding games, but has been able to play through it. Damian Lillard (knee) is done for the postseason, so McCollum will see his value skyrocket. He'll be a must-have DFS option for Saturday's slate.
Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard (knee) has left the bubble in Orlando and returned to Portland for further evaluation. An MRI revealed a right knee sprain and it's unclear if he'll be able to return to the bubble. The Blazers are already down 3-1 to the Los Angeles Lakers, so it's unlikely that Lillard returns before the series is over. C.J. McCollum will see his usage skyrocket, which will make him a popular DFS option.