Lillard has been rehabbing a plantar fasciitis injury in the offseason, Shams Charania of the Vertical reports. Lillard was able to play all through the playoffs this season, so it's a bit unclear when he became injured. Having inflamed plantar fascia is often a longer term injury, but can get better with rest and rehabilitation. This news comes as Lillard announced he won't be playing with Team USA in the Olympics. He should be ready to go by the seasons start, but there will likely be more updates regarding his rehab as he progresses.
Lillard finished with 28 points (7-24 FG, 2-8 3Pt, 12-12 FT), seven assists, seven rebounds, and two steals over 39 minutes in Wednesday's Game 5 loss to the Warriors. Lillard capped off a monstrous scoring season with another solid effort, although his perfect free throw shooting provided much of the cushion. The fourth-year guard nailed all 12 of his free throw attempts but struggled mightily from the floor in the second half, going two-for-12 over the final 24 minutes. Still, he avaraged 25.1 points during the regular season and 26.2 points in the playoffs for a Portland team that wasn't even suppose to win 30 games. He will start the 2015-16 season as an elite point guard option.
Lillard tallied 36 points (9-30 FG, 5-18 3Pt, 13-16 FT), 10 assists, six rebounds, and one block over 47 minutes in Monday's overtime loss to the Warriors in Game 4. Lillard struggled with his shot for much of the game but delivered when it counted, nearly helping the Blazers fend off a Golden State comeback in Portland. The fourth-year sharpshooter scored 12 points in the final 7:23 of regulation and dished out a couple of huge assists late in the game. He's now averaging 32.8 points and 5.8 threes through the first four games against the heavily favored Warriors, although his high-volume shooting continues to limit his efficiency.
Lillard tallied 40 points (14-27 FG, 8-13 3Pt, 4-4 FT), 10 assists and five rebounds over 42 minutes in Saturday's 120-108 Game 3 semifinal round victory over the Warriors. The All-Star guard put on the caliber of breakout performance that had been expected of him throughout the postseason, producing his best field-goal percentage since back on Mar. 12 against the Magic. Lillard was particulary active-- and accurate-- from beyond the arc, with his eight made three-pointers serving as his postseason high. He scored 14 points in the second quarter, and 25 overall in the first half. After the Warriors adjusted their defensive approach accordingly to focus much more intently on him in the second half, Lillard was able to successfully set teammates up for scoring chances on seven occasions alone in the third quarter. He also drained back-to-back key three-pointers in the fourth period to help stave off a Warriors comeback. After the stellar performance, Lillard's series averages are up to 31.7 points, 7.0 assists, 3.0 rebounds and 2.0 steals over 41 minutes per contest.
Lillard compiled 25 points (8-20 FG, 6-11 3Pt, 3-3 FT), six assists, four rebounds, and two steals across 40 minutes during the Trail Blazers' 110-99 loss to the Warriors in Tuesday's Game 2. Lillard has nailed 10 three-pointers through the first two games of this series while scoring 55 points on 46 shots. Besides Lillard and C.J. McCollum, there simply isn't another player on Portland's roster who can reliably create offense for themselves or others. As a result, Lillard will likely continue taking matters into his own hands, and it'd be surprising to see him fire up any less than 20 shots in a contest through the rest of round two.
Last 7 Games
|3 Year Avg||80||587||42.6||214||37.0||376||87.6||1765||22.06||36.9|