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Saturday, September 21, 2019

Report: Damian Lillard playing through separated ribs

Damian Lillard

Damian Lillard has not looked like himself throughout the Western Conference finals, and now we may know why.

The Athletic’s Shams Charania reported on Saturday night that Lillard is playing through separated ribs.

Charania says the injury occurred in Game 2 of the series. It happened on this play with Kevon Looney landed on him:

Lillard shot just 5-for-18 in Portland’s 110-99 loss to the Golden State Warriors in Game 3 of the series. He committed five turnovers. The Trail Blazers point guard is shooting just 32.9 percent from the field against Golden State this series and has not played well, going back to a 3-for-17 performance in Game 7 against the Denver Nuggets during the conference semis.

Lillard was dynamite in the first-round series win over the Thunder, even sending them home with a huge 3-pointer. He shot well the first six games of Portland’s win over the Nuggets but hasn’t played well since.

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