Trail Blazers' Damian Lillard expects to miss 3-4 games

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Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard will not play Friday against the New Orleans Pelicans and told reporters that he could miss three or four games due to his right groin strain.

Lillard suffered the injury on a drive to the basket during a Feb. 12 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies. He attempted a tough shot around Memphis big man Jonas Valanciunas, then landed awkwardly with about 3:22 left and didn't return.

The injury kept Lillard out of this past weekend's All-Star Game and 3-point shootout.

Lillard did not practice Thursday as the team prepares for its first game after the All-Star break. Portland has three home games before starting a three-game road trip Feb. 27.