The Portland Trail Blazers may lack their All-Star point guard Damian Lillard for almost two months as he suffers from an abdominal injury, the NBA said on Thursday.
Six-time All-Star Lillard, 31, will undergo an abdominal surgery to be out of action for "at least 6-8 weeks," the NBA said on its website.
Lillard has not played the game since New Year's Eve when Portland were handed a road loss to the Los Angeles Lakers by 139-106 at Crypto.com Arena.
This season Lillard appeared in 29 games for the Trail Blazers to average 24 points, 7.3 assists, and 4.1 rebounds.
He missed 11 games in the 2021-22 NBA campaign.
The Portland are going 16-24 to come 10th in the Western Conference standings.