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Damian Lillard Has Right Knee Sprain After Second MRI, Out For Game 5

Damian Lillard #0 of the Portland Trail Blazers drives to the basket against Kentavious Caldwell-Pope #1 of the Los Angeles Lakers in the first half in game four of the first round of the 2020 NBA Playoffs at AdventHealth Arena at ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex on August 24, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. (Photo by Kim Klement-Pool/Getty Images)

ORLANDO, Fla. – Former Weber State star and current Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard will not play in Game 5 against the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday after suffering a right knee sprain.

Lillard had two MRI’s since the game on Monday night and the second one confirmed the sprain.

The Trail Blazers trail the Lakers in the best-of-seven series 3-1.

Portland is already missing two key players to injury after Zach Collins suffered a season-ending ankle injury and former Jazzman Rodney Hood tore his Achilles last season. Also, Trevor Ariza opted out of going to the NBA bubble due to COVID-19 concerns.

In their 135-115 Game 4 loss to the Lakers on Monday, Lillard had 11 points and 4 assists on 3 of 9 shooting from the field in 27 minutes on the floor.

This season, Lillard is averaging 30 points, 4.3 rebounds and 8 assists per game. In the eight reseeding games in Orlando, Lillard posted an average of 37.6 points, 4.2 rebounds and 9.6 assists per game while shooting 49 percent from the field, 43 percent from the three-point line and 88 percent at the free throw line.

In the series with the Lakers, Lillard is recording 24.2 points, 3.5 boards and 4.2 assists per contest. He was shooting 40 percent from the floor, 39 percent from beyond the arc and 96 percent at the free throw line.

Game 5 between the Trail Blazers and Lakers will be on Wednesday at 7 p.m. MT and will be broadcast on TNT.

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