The Portland Trail Blazers will be without All-Star guard Damian Lillard during a showdown of Western Conference contenders on Thursday night.
Per Coach Stotts, Damian Lillard is out tonight against the Rockets. Shabazz Napier will start in his place. #RipCity— Brooke Olzendam (@brookeolzendam) April 5, 2018
Lillard suffered a left ankle sprain in the fourth quarter of the Blazers' 115-109 loss to the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday night. He played the entire fourth quarter and scored nine of his 29 points in the final three-plus minutes of the game. After the game, though, Lillard was carted from the locker room to the team bus and seemed to be cautious about playing in the future.
Portland is in the midst of a four-game road trip as it visits Houston tonight, then San Antonio on Saturday (9 ET, NBA League Pass) and Denver on Monday (9 ET, NBA League Pass). The Blazers are No. 3 in the Western Conference and, at 48-30, have logged their most wins in a season since 2014-15 (when they went 51-31).