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Damian Lillard out for at least 6 weeks after undergoing abdominal surgery

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Portland Trail Blazers superstar Damian Lillard underwent surgery to fix his lingering abdominal injury, the team announced Thursday (Friday, Manila time).

Lillard will be evaluated in six weeks, but there is no timetable for his return.

Lillaed, who last played on December 31, said that he played through abdominal pain since suiting up for Team USA at the Tokyo Olympics.

“It wasn’t easy at all because I just love being out there. Like, I love being out there playing,” Lillard said in a story posted to the Blazers’ official website.

“I’ve always been available to play but I think the older you get, the more experience that you have, not just in sports but in life, it becomes more important to play chess. My pride might say ‘Keep fighting it out, get the job done again. Try to get in the playoffs.’ And then the older me is saying ‘You can’t do none of that stuff if you’re not at your best.'”

The six-time All Star has been averaging 24 points and 7.3 assists this seaaon.

Fellow backcourt star CJ McCollum is also out after sustaining a collapsed lung.

Portland currently ranks 10th in the Western Conference.