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Stotts: Damian Lillard Will Play in Blazers-Lakers Game 3

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Portland’s coach says his star might wear a splint on his injured finger, but he’ll be there.

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

Damian Lillard injured his finger on Thursday night in Game 2 of the Portland Trail Blazers’ 2020 NBA Playoffs series with the Los Angeles Lakers. Though the injury appeared to be relatively minor, Lillard’s status for Game 3 was unclear.

Head Coach Terry Stotts, among the more cautious of the Blazers in his public statements on the matter, has told reporters that Lillard is receiving treatment for the injury to his left index finger, but will play in Game 3, though he may wear a splint.

Even with the early exit in Game 2, Lillard is averaging 26.0 points against the Lakers. He averaged a league-leading 37.6 points per game in the eight-game finale to the regular season prior to the playoffs.

The Blazers and Lakers will meet for Game 3 at 5:30 PM, Pacific on Saturday.