LOS ANGELES – Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard will miss at least the next six weeks of the NBA season after undergoing abdominal surgery Thursday, the club announced.
The operation was performed in Philadelphia to repair what the team called in a statement “a core injury causing chronic abdominal pain.”
Lillard, who last played in a December 31 road loss to the Los Angeles Lakers, will be re-evaluated in six weeks.
In 29 games this season, all as a starter, Lillard has averaged 24.0 points (14th in the NBA), 4.1 rebounds and 7.3 assists per contest.
The injury had been bothering the 31-year-old six-time NBA All-Star since he helped the United States win a gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics last August.
“At the Olympics it was as bad as it has been and I was just like ‘Man, this is a real…