2020 NBA Playoffs
2020 NBA Playoffs

Damian Lillard exits Game 2 vs. Lakers with dislocated finger

From NBA Twitter and media reports

Aug 20, 2020 2:37 PM ET

A hand injury might well be the only thing that can stop Damian Lillard these days.

The Trail Blazers guard, whose scorching performances during the NBA restart launched Portland on a thrilling run through the seeding games and a Play-In vs. Memphis, left Thursday's Game 2 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers after suffering a finger dislocation in the third quarter.

The team announced late in the fourth Lillard wouldn't return, but X-rays had been negative. His status for Game 3 on Saturday night (8:30 ET, ABC) has yet to be updated. When asked after Game 2 about his status for Game 3, he said: "Oh, I'm playing."

On Friday, Blazers coach Terry Stotts told reporters he expects Lillard to be wearing a splint for Game 3, but he also expects him to play.

“It’s just sore,” Lillard said Thursday night. “A little bit tender to the touch. Dislocated it. A little bit sore, a little bit swollen. Uncomfortable.”

Portland already trailed L.A. 85-55 when Lillard left the game late in the third quarter. The Blazers went on to lose, 111-88, knotting up the first-round series at 1-1.

Lillard, who averaged 37.6 points and 9.6 assists during the seeding games in Orlando, exited Thursday's game with 18 points.

Here's the play that resulted in Lillard's injury.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report. 

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