Update: As expected, Lillard is officially out against the Rockets as he recovers from a left ankle injury, according to ESPN’s Chris Haynes:
ESPN Sources: Portland guard Damian Lillard (left ankle sprain) will officially be ruled out of tonight’s game at Houston.— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) April 5, 2018
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Damian Lillard is expected to miss Thursday’s game against the Houston Rockets with a left ankle injury, according to Shams Charania of Yahoo! Sports. Lillard injured the ankle in a Portland Trail Blazers loss to the Dallas Mavericks.
Portland Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard is day-to-day with left ankle injury and is expected to miss Thursday's game in Houston, league sources tell Yahoo.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) April 4, 2018
The guard attempted a drive late in the game and landed on Salah Mejri’s foot, and after he was seen visibly hobbling.
Lillard was captured riding a cart out of the arena Tuesday night by Jason Quick of NBC Sports Northwest. On Wednesday, Blazers beat reporter Casey Holdahl snapped a picture of Lillard not in a walking boot, possibly a very good sign.
. @Dame_Lillard in the @adidasHoops Dame D.O.L.L.A. which are not available in the states pic.twitter.com/sDTfzhHOt4— Casey Holdahl (@CHold) April 4, 2018
After the Rockets, Portland plays Saturday, April 7 against the San Antonio Spurs.