Liilard Dislocates Finger in Loss, Says He’ll Play Game 3

Damian Lillard at practice
Damian Lillard. Photo by Imagine China/Shutterstock

Portland Trail Blazers star player Damian Lillard dislocated his finger during Thursday’s loss to the Los Angeles Lakers.

However, the team said that the X-rays came back negative, which means he won’t need surgery and should be back quickly. Lillard believes that he won’t have to miss any time at all.

The star guard, who has been the best player in the entire NBA since the season restarted in the bubble after the COVID-19 break, says that he is going to play in Game 3 of the series.

At the time of the injury, Portland was already down by 20 points, so there was no reason to try to rush Lillard back into the game.

Asked about his availability for Game 3, Lillard told the press that he was certain that he’s going to be out on the court.

“Oh, I’m playing,” he told reporters, adding that there is some swelling and that his finger feels sore.

This is obviously good news for the Trail Blazers, who have been carried into the playoffs by Lillard’s almost super-human performances day in and day out. Lillard had 40 points or more in four games, lifting the team into the playoffs and capturing the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference.

Their series with the Lakers is tied up at one a piece.