PORTLAND, Ore. -- Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard returned to the starting lineup for Monday night's 91-78 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies after missing seven games because of plantar fasciitis in his left foot.
Lillard struggled in his 36 minutes, shooting 4-for-14 and 2-for-10 from 3-point range for 17 points. He also had seven assists and seven turnovers, and made all seven free throw attempts.
Lillard looked rusty at the start of his return, and the Grizzlies took advantage, leading by as many as 20 early in the fourth quarter.
"I was just happy to be out there," Lillard said. "I didn't put too much pressure on myself, it being the first game. I just wanted to come out and make sure that I was responsible and did what I needed to do defensively, get to the spots I needed to be on and make the right plays."
Lillard was averaging 24.6 points, 4.5 rebounds and 6.8 assists before he was sidelined with plantar fasciitis. C.J. McCollum, who scored 16 points on 6-for-18 shooting Monday, moved to point guard during Lillard's absence, and the Blazers went 4-3.
Lillard, a two-time All-Star, had not missed a game in his NBA career (275 games) before his injury.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.