2020 Playoffs: First Round | Lakers vs. Trail Blazers

Damian Lillard out for Game 5 with knee sprain

Blazers' star suffered the injury during their Game 4 loss to the Lakers

From NBA media reports

Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard is out for Game 5 against the Los Angeles Lakers after being diagnosed with a right knee sprain, the team announced.

Lillard underwent a second MRI on Tuesday that confirmed the diagnosis.

>> Game 5: Lakers vs. Blazers, Wednesday (9 ET on TNT)

The Blazers’ All-NBA superstar surged into the playoffs after being unanimously named the Kia NBA Player of the Seeding Games, an eight-game stretch in which he averaged 37.6 points and 9.6 assists while shooting 43.6% from beyond the 3-point arc.

Since the Blazers’ stunning Game 1 win over the Lakers, however, Portland has faltered under the weight of a rejuvenated L.A. squad and mounting injuries. Recently returned forward Zach Collins was ruled out of the playoffs after a stress fracture was discovered in his ankle. CJ McCollum, meanwhile, has been playing with a fracture in his back.

The Lakers could close out the series with a Game 5 win on Wednesday (9 ET, TNT).

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