Blazers’ Damian Lillard praises CJ McCollum for playing through a lower back injury

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Damian Lillard praised his teammate CJ McCollum for playing through a back injury in the last few games of the Portland Trail Blazers.

Lillard said he has confidence in McCollum and knows how tough he is as a player.

“One thing that is a part of our relationship and something that makes us have so much belief in each other is — he knows that I have unwavering confidence [in him] and I know the same thing about him. I know his heart. I know his toughness. I know who he is as a man.

He’s a little bit banged up. He’s making no excuses or looking for no way out. He’s thuggin’ it out for the team and being out there for us, and fortunate for us, him doing that meant he was out there for those last free throws and came through for us,” Lillard said, via Jamie Hudson of NBC Sports Northwest.