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Damian Lillard Playing Through Separated Ribs in Western Conference Finals

Shams Charania of The Athletic reports that Lillard may be less than 100% due to injury.

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Shams Charania reported after Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals that Blazers star Damian Lillard has been fighting through separated ribs.

Charania reports that the injury was suffered in Game 2 against the Golden State Warriors, when Kevon Looney landed on Lillard during a battle for a loose ball. No foul was called on the play.

Portland was leading 69-56 at the time of this incident. Afterward, Golden State came back, eventually winning by 3. Lillard struggled through an awful Game 3, shooting 5-18 for 19 points, as Portland gave up another big lead to fall to the Warriors. Lillard reportedly downplayed the injury as a reason for his performance.