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Report: Damian Lillard Played Through Olympics with Abdomen Injury

Shams Charania of The Athletic says the condition will require further testing when Lillard returns.

2020 Tokyo Olympics: USA v France Photo by Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty Images

Damian Lillard played through the 2020 Tokyo Olympics with an abdomen injury and the condition will require further testing when Lillard returns to the United States. That report came from Shams Charania of The Athletic on Friday evening after Team USA defeated France 87-82 to earn the Gold Medal in Men’s Basketball. Lillard played 27 minutes in the game, scoring 11 points on 4-11 shooting.

The text of Charania’s Tweet reads:

Sources: Damian Lillard played through an abdomen injury during Team USA’s Tokyo Olympics run, which will require further testing upon return to the States. Lillard wanted to continue playing to help USA capture the gold medal.

Casey Holdahl of the Trail Blazers added the following:

Dame has dealt with ab issues throughout his career, so this tracks.

The 31-year-old guard has played nine seasons for the Trail Blazers, earning six NBA All-Star nominations and six All-NBA awards. Last season he averaged 28.8 points, 7.5 assists, and 4.2 rebounds in 35.8 minutes per game over 67 appearances for Portland.