The team announced Tuesday that Portland Trail Blazers guard CJ McCallum was diagnosed with a pneumothorax (collapsed right lung) and will be out indefinitely.
McCullum was injured 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.
Team before the scheduled “McCullum forecast, said in a statement it will certainly be evaluated and their status will be updated accordingly.”
Pneumothorax “occurs when air leaks into the space between your lung and the chest wall. This pushes the air out of your lung and causes it to collapse,” according to MayoClinic.com. “A pneumothorax can be a complete lung collapse or a collapse of only part of the lung.
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“A pneumothorax can be caused by damage from a blunt or penetrating chest injury, certain medical procedures, or underlying lung disease. Or it can occur for no apparent reason.”
McCallum had a chest X-ray after Saturday’s game, but the team planned additional evaluations, finding a collapsed lung.
McCullum is shooting 20.6 points, 4.5 assists and 4.1 rebounds and 42.4% off the field and 39.3% on 3-pointers for the 11-14 Blazers.
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