CJ McCollum, the Trail Blazers’ guard, has been diagnosed with a collapsed right lung, requiring additional assessment

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CJ McCollum
Source: Skysports

On December 4, CJ McCollum suffered an injury in the fourth quarter of Portland’s game against Boston.

CJ McCollum of the Portland Trail Blazers has a collapsed right lung, known medically as a pneumothorax, according to a CT scan, the team reported Tuesday.

According to the Mayo Clinic, a pneumothorax is a collapsed lung that happens “when air seeps into the area between your lung and chest wall.” The air pushes against the outside of your lung, causing it to collapse. A pneumothorax can be either a full lung collapse or a partial lung collapse.

Before a prognosis is determined, McCollum will be further evaluated, and his status will be updated accordingly.

The news of McCollum’s injury comes after it was disclosed that the shooting guard was mentioned in trade talks involving the Philadelphia 76ers’ Ben Simmons. He did not go with the club to Golden State on Wednesday.

McCollum has averaged 20.6 points in 24 games this season (all starts). In 35.3 minutes, he had 4.1 rebounds, 4.5 assists, and 1.08 steals.

McCollum’s injury is the latest in a string of setbacks for the Blazers. Damian Lillard, a four-time All-Star, has missed four games due to lower abdominal tendinopathy. Anfernee Simons, the backup point guard, is sidelined with a right ankle sprain, while Nassir Little, the forward, has missed four games due to a left ankle sprain.

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