Damian Lillard says he's playing in Game 3 after dislocating index finger vs. Lakers

Jack Baer
·2 min read

A blowout loss to the Los Angeles Lakers might have got even worse for the Portland Trail Blazers on Thursday, as star Damian Lillard headed to the locker room with a finger injury.

Lillard appeared to suffer the injury when his hand banged against the shoe of Anthony Davis while reaching for the ball late in the third quarter. He eventually returned to the bench with his fingers taped up.

The Blazers later announced that Lillard had dislocated his left index finger and would not return, with X-rays coming back negative. He finished the game with 18 points on 6-of-14 shooting in a miserable game for the Blazers.

Damian Lillard on Game 3: ‘I’m playing’

The severity of Lillard’s dislocation was not immediately clear. Even if it was a minor injury Lillard could have played through, the Blazers were down 85-55 when he exited and had little reason to risk further injury by bringing him back.

The Blazers ended up losing 111-88 as the Lakers evened the series at 1-1. Blazers coach Terry Stotts told reporters after the game that it was too early to tell if Lillard would be able to play in Game 3 on Saturday.

Lillard was a little more emphatic when asked about his status.

Lillard told reporters the finger was “a little bit swollen and uncomfortable,” but that’s unlikely to prevent the Blazers’ most important player from suiting up for a game many will consider a must-win if the team wants to pull off a first-round upset.

LAKE BUENA VISTA, FLORIDA - AUGUST 20:  Anthony Davis #3 of the Los Angeles Lakers blocks a shot by Damian Lillard #0 of the Portland Trail Blazers during the first half in game two of the first round of the NBA playoffs at AdventHealth Arena at ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex on August 20, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Kim Klement-Pool/Getty Images)
Damian Lillard left late in the third quarter and did not return. (Photo by Kim Klement-Pool/Getty Images)

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