Portland Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard has a Grade 1 strain of the soleus muscle in the right lower leg and will be re-evaluated in one to two weeks, the team announced Sunday night.
Lillard previously said that he expected to miss some of his team's four-game road trip after suffering a calf injury in Saturday's 118-113 loss to the Utah Jazz.
The Blazers split the four games Lillard missed to end October and begin November. Portland also held him out for a 106-95 win over the New Orleans Pelicans on Nov. 10.
The six-time All-Star is averaging 26.3 points and 7.0 assists in 11 appearances. The calf trouble may be impacting his shooting considering his 33.3 percent clip on three-pointers is noticeably below his career average (37.2 percent).
Still, the Blazers are third in the Western Conference at 10-6. They've also done reasonably well without their best player. Portland has a 1.8 net rating per 100 possessions when Lillard has been on the bench, per NBA.com.
Coming into the year, questions remained over the state of the supporting cast.
The Blazers' 27-55 record in 2021-22 laid bare how badly they needed Lillard, who was limited to 29 games. They were in a tailspin even before trading CJ McCollum to the Pelicans.
Jerami Grant, Portland's biggest offseason addition, has exceeded expectations. He's not only averaging 19.2 points but also shooting a blistering 48.2 percent from beyond the arc.
Anfernee Simons (22.5 PPG, 4.0 APG) has built upon his breakout campaign in 2021-22 as well, easing the scoring and playmaking burden on Lillard in the backcourt.
Shaedon Sharpe, who dropped 20 points in a 109-107 loss to the Brooklyn Nets on Thursday, looks like a budding star in the making.
Lillard's injury is obviously a setback for the Blazers, and the concern will be heightened since this appears to be a lingering issue. But they should maintain their current level as long as he doesn't miss much time.