If the Portland Trail Blazers are going to keep their championship hopes alive, they’ll have to do it without their star. Damian Lillard will miss Game 5 against the Los Angeles Lakers due to a knee injury, the team announced Tuesday.
Lillard, 30, suffered the injury during the team’s 135-115 loss to the Lakers on Monday. Lillard jumped up for a shot and landed awkwardly on his right leg. Following the injury, Lillard went to the locker room to have his knee examined. He was able to return for a few series, but eventually left the game again.
Lillard underwent an MRI on Monday, but the results came back inconclusive. Lillard had another MRI on Tuesday, which revealed a right knee sprain.
Portland is fighting to stay alive in the playoffs
Monday’s win gave the Lakers a 3-1 lead in the series, putting Portland a loss away from being eliminated. While the Trail Blazers came into the series as an underdog, Lillard gave the team hope. He played a major role in the Trail Blazers’ Game 1 win over the Lakers, dropping 34 points and hitting some clutch shots in the fourth quarter. Lillard also scored 34 points in the team’s 116-108 loss in Game 3.
The Trail Blazers will take on the Lakers in Game 5 on Wednesday.
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