Damian Lillard leaves Trail Blazers game with calf injury

Damian Lillard left Wednesday's game against the Miami Heat with a calf injury and didn't return.

The Portland Trail Blazers All-Star appeared to sustain the injury while shooting a jump shot over Caleb Martin. He appeared to step on Martin's foot with his right foot, then grimaced after he landed from the jump shot.

He eventually left the game, and the Trail Blazers ruled him out with a calf strain. After the game, Lillard told reporters "it was probably just a strain" and that his calf "was a little bit tight" before the the game.

"It wasn't nothing I was overly concerned about, Lillard said. "I just knew that it didn't make sense to push through it for the fifth game of the season. Let's just get to the back and see.

"If this was a playoff game, I would have played. It would have been tight and uncomfortable, but I would have played."

Lillard played in just 29 games last season as a lingering abdominal injury cost him the bulk of his season. He's off to a scorching start this season and averaged 33.3 points, 5.5 rebounds and 5.3 assists while shooting 40% from 3-point distance in a 4-0 start. Portland suffered its first loss of the season on Wednesday in a 119-98 defeat to the Heat.

Lillard's timeline for a return isn't clear, but the Trail Blazers certainly hope this isn't an injury that lingers.

PORTLAND, OREGON - OCTOBER 26: Damian Lillard #0 of the Portland Trail Blazers dribbles the ball during the second quarter against the Miami Heat at Moda Center on October 26, 2022 in Portland, Oregon. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Alika Jenner/Getty Images)
Damian Lillard left Wednesday's game with a calf injury. (Alika Jenner/Getty Images)