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Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard (hamstring) to return Tuesday against Cleveland Cavaliers

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Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard will make his return Tuesday night on the road against the Cleveland Cavaliers, league sources tell ESPN.

Lillard, 27, has missed the past five games with a right hamstring strain. He sustained the injury on Dec. 20 while playing against the San Antonio Spurs. The Trail Blazers have gone 3-2 in his absence.

Although he was healthy enough, Portland (19-17) opted against playing Lillard in Monday night’s overtime victory over the Chicago Bulls so that he wouldn’t face a back-to-back set of games upon his return.

The two-time NBA All-Star is averaging 25.2 points, 5.0 rebounds and 6.4 assists.

Cleveland (24-12) also has a point guard returning to action Tuesday night in Isaiah Thomas. The 5-foot-7 guard will make his season debut after rehabbing a hip injury.



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