Damian Lillard Playing With Separated Rib In Conference Finals
May 19, 2019, 2:28 PM
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PORTLAND, Ore. – Former Weber State and current Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard confirmed that he has been playing with a separated rib in the NBA Western Conference Finals.
Lillard was injured during the third quarter of the Blazers Game 2 loss on Thursday and continued to play in that game and played 39 minutes in Game 3 on Saturday in their 11-point loss.
He finished with 19 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists in Game 3 and recorded 23 points and 10 assists in Game 2.
“I finished that game [Game 2] and I played last night,” said Lillard to the media on Sunday. “The pain from having a separated rib and when I get winded,” he said about the injury limiting him.
Thorough three games against the Warriors, Lillard is averaging 20.3 points per game.
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“When I get winded, it is harder to breath and any contact when you are banging with guys,” he said.
In the postseason, he has recorded a 26.8 points, 4.8 rebounds and 6.3 assists per game average.
The injury hasn’t affected his shot since it is on his left side. He is wrapping it and using padding.