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Damian Lillard Leaves Blazers-Lakers Game With Finger Injury

Portland’s superstar exits late in the third and heads to the locker room.

NBA: Playoffs-Portland Trail Blazers at Los Angeles Lakers Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard left his team’s Game 2 playoffs game with the Los Angeles Lakers with a finger issue, perhaps a dislocation.

The injury occurred at the 1:44 mark of the third period with Portland down 85-55. Lillard appeared to make contact with Lakers center Anthony Davis and came up holding his left hand gingerly. Video and later reports confirmed that the issue was with his left index finger.

Soon after he would head to the locker room, showing unusual frustration.


Reports are surfacing that Lillard will not return to Game 2, but X-rays are negative.


Reports say the outlook for Game 3 is “optimistic”...

but Head Coach Terry Stotts says it’s too early to tell whether Lillard will be available.


The man himself speaks, and contradicts his coach.