Lillard posted 34 points (12-24 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 8-9 FT), six assists, one rebound and one steal across 42 minutes during a 128-103 loss to the Warriors on Monday. Lillard was the only starter to reach double figures as the team's season came to an end in the blowout loss. He clearly wasn't part of the problem in the first round sweep, as he scored more than 30 points in three of the four games. There is no reason to expect that Lillard won't come back next season even better.
Lillard posted 12 points (5-17 FG, 0-4 3Pt, 2-2 FT), four rebounds and two steals over 30 minutes in Wednesday's 110-81 loss to the Warriors. Lillard started out quickly but received a poke in the eye which caused him to sit for the rest of the first quarter, and with the game well out of hand in the fourth, he sat along with the rest of the starters. Along with committing four turnovers, Lillard shot only 29.4 percent from the floor and didn't look like himself after the eye incident, but in truth the whole team looked like they were playing in slow motion. They move the series to Portland on Saturday and should get Jusuf Nurkic (leg) back, but Lillard will need to step it up if the Blazers have any shot at catching up.
Lillard finished with 34 points (12-26 FG, 3-9 3Pt, 7-7 FT), five rebounds, three assists, two steals and one block across 39 minutes during Sunday's 121-109 loss to the Warriors. Lillard put on a scoring display from the field while chipping in some nice defensive statistics Sunday, though it wasn't enough to steal a victory from the top-seeded Warriors. He also converted all seven of his free-throw attempts, where he's an impressive 89.5 percent on the season. While his three assists certainly leave something to be desired, the Trail Blazers hit a subpar 43.0 percent of their shots, failing to convert a fair amount of his passes into assists. Other than Lillard's backcourt mate C.J. McCollum, who dropped 41 points, the rest of the Trail Blazers scored just 34 points. Lillard will look to keep up his scoring while getting more help from his teammates when the Blazers play their second game against the Warriors on Wednesday.
Lillard (foot) isn't listed with an injury in the game notes for Sunday's playoff opener against the Warriors. Lillard sat out the final two games of the regular season with what was being listed as a foot injury, but more likely, the Trail Blazers were just trying to get their superstar some extra rest before an upcoming playoff run. As expected, Lillard is no longer listed with an injury and should be good to go ahead of Sunday's tilt with the Warriors. He also should take on a hefty workload in Game 1 of a tough matchup with the Warriors, so fantasy owners and DFS players can feel comfortable activating him. Shabazz Napier, who started the last two games, should head to the bench and is expected to see a much smaller role in the playoffs.
Lillard (foot) has been ruled out for Wednesday's regular-season finale against the Pelicans, Casey Holdahl of TrailBlazers.com reports. The Trail Blazers are safely in the playoffs as an eight-seed and really have nothing to play for Wednesday, which allows them to give some of their key players a night off for rest, including Lillard, C.J. McCollum (hand) and Allen Crabbe (foot). Lillard is apparently dealing with a minor foot injury, but is fully expected to be ready for the team's first-round playoff matchup against the Warriors. With Lillard out, look for Shabazz Napier to draw another start after posting a career-high 32 points, six rebounds and five assists across 37 minutes Monday.
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