Bucks’ Damian Lillard Dealing With Aggravated Achilles, Hopes to Be Ready for Game 4 vs. Pacers

Damian Lillard with Team United States in 2021
Damian Lillard with Team United States in 2021. Photo by Pete Dovgan/Speed Media/Shutterstock (12248744bp)

The injuries just keep on piling up for the Milwaukee Bucks. Their All-Star point guard Damian Lillard aggravated his Achilles in a 121-118 overtime loss to the Indiana Pacers on Friday and is now facing a race against time to be ready for Game 4 of the first-round playoff series between the two teams.

Lillard initially tweaked his ankle in the first quarter but returned to the court after a short visit to the locker room. But late in the fourth quarter, Lillard experienced issues with his Achilles, which limited his impact. He didn’t attempt a single shot in the overtime as the Pacers snatched Game 3 and took a 2-1 lead in the series.

Speaking with reporters after the game, Lillard said that he hopes he can bounce back in time to play in Game 4.

“It’s one of those spots on your body where you literally can’t, you can’t do nothing about it. If you can’t move, you can’t move. We have a couple of days to start and try to get ahead of it. Get it feeling better and get ready for Sunday,” said Lillard.

If Lillard is unable to go against the Pacers, the Bucks will be in a tough situation. They are already without their superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo, who has been out since early April with a calf strain. Additionally, three-time All-Star Khris Middleton was dealing with an ankle issue and was questionable for Game 3 but managed to suit up and ended up delivering a 42-point performance.

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