The Blazers’ Game 2 scare is, for now, only that. Damian Lillard will suit up for Portland after suffering a dislocated left index finger during the Blazers’ 111-88 loss on Thursday.
Portland coach Terry Stotts said Lillard would wear a splint for Game 3. The five-time All-Star averaged a career-high 30.0 points in the regular season, but exited Thursday’s Game 2 defeat with just 18 in 30 minutes of action.
The Lakers, meanwhile, will welcome back Rajon Rondo into the active lineup. The veteran point guard suffered a fractured thumb during practice last month, forcing the Lakers to rely more on a backcourt committee of Alex Caruso, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and the recently signed J.R. Smith.