Portland Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum was diagnosed with a pneumothorax (collapsed right lung) and will be out indefinitely, the team announced on Tuesday.
McCollum sustained the injury in the fourth quarter of Portland’s 145-117 loss to the Boston Celtics on Saturday. The veteran guard did not play in the Blazers’ loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday and did not travel to San Francisco for Wednesday’s game against the Golden State Warriors.
McCollum “will be further evaluated before a prognosis is determined and his status will be updated accordingly,” the team said in a statement.
Pneumothorax “occurs when air leaks into the space between your lung and chest wall. This air pushes on the outside of your lung and makes it collapse,” according to mayoclinic.org. “A pneumothorax can be a complete lung collapse or a collapse of only a portion of the lung.
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“A pneumothorax can be caused by a blunt or penetrating chest injury, certain medical procedures, or damage from underlying lung disease. Or it may occur for no obvious reason.”
McCollum had X-rays of his chest following Saturday’s game, but the team planned additional evaluation, which discovered the collapsed lung.
McCollum is averaging 20.6 points, 4.5 assists and 4.1 rebounds and shooting 42.4% from the field and 39.3% on 3-pointers for the 11-14 Blazers.
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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Blazers’ CJ McCollum has collapsed lung, out indefinitely
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