SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The Portland Trail Blazers can accept losing a tough game on the road to the San Antonio Spurs. They are hoping they did not suffer a greater loss to injury.
DeMar DeRozan scored 21 points and the Spurs extended their winning streak to eight games with a 108-103 victory Saturday night over the Trail Blazers, who lost C.J. McCollum to a left leg injury.
Damian Lillard scored 34 points for Portland, which had won three straight but had difficulty closing the game without McCollum.
“He’s so big for our team,” Lillard said, after first stating he was worried for McCollum’s health. “You’re just concerned for that, too. That’s a big blow. He’s a guy that plays a huge role for us and is a big part of our team.”
McCollum exited under assistance with 7:03 remaining in the third quarter. He remained on the court for a few minutes clutching his left leg in great pain after tumbling out of bounds when his driving left-handed layup was blocked by Jakob Poeltl. McCollum had his left foot trapped under Poeltl’s right foot as both landed, leading the Blazers guard to tumble out of…