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Damian Lillard Exits Heat Game With Calf Strain Injury

The guard will likely sit out Portland’s next game as well.

Miami Heat v Portland Trail Blazers Photo by Alika Jenner/Getty Images

Portland Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard exited tonight’s 119-98 loss against the Miami Heat with a calf strain injury, mid way through the third quarter.

After the game, Lillard told the media scrum that he would have continued to play if it was a playoff game, claiming it was just “tight” while adding that he will likely miss Friday’s game against the Houston Rockets.

The Blazers do not play again until November 2 when they host the Memphis Grizzlies at the Moda Center.

“Calf just tightened up. Before the game it was a little bit tight but nothing that I hadn’t felt before.”

“The last shot that I made when I rose up real quick, I just felt it get real tight, went back on defense just to see how it would feel. It felt fine running up the court and the next time I did another move I just tried to stop and I just felt how tight it was.”

“But it wasn’t nothing that I was overly concerned about, I just knew it wouldn’t make sense to push through in the fifth game of the season.”

“Honestly, if this was a playoff game, I would have played, it would have been tight and uncomfortable but I would have played.”

Lillard scored 22 points on 4 from 11 from the field with 2 boards, 2 assists and a steal before leaving the game.