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Report: Damian Lillard Played Through Injury During USA Basketball’s Olympic Run

Damian Lillard #6 of Team United States looks on against Team France during the first half of a Men's Basketball Finals game on day fifteen of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Saitama Super Arena on August 07, 2021 in Saitama, Japan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Former Weber State and current NBA star Damian Lillard played through an injury during USA Basketball’s run through the Tokyo Olympics, according to Shams Charania of The Athletics.

Lillard and Team USA defeated France to win the gold medal of the Summer Games on Friday, August 6.

Shortly after the United States’ victory, the basketball insider reported that Lillard played through and abdominal injury though the Olympics.

“Sources: Damian Lillard played through an abdomen injury during Team USA’s Tokyo Olympics run, which will require further testing upon return to the States. Lillard wanted to continue playing to help USA capture the gold medal,” Charania tweeted.

Lillard recorded 11 points, one rebound, three assists, and one steal during the USA’s win over France in the Gold Medal Game.