Lillard is playing through separated ribs, an injury that occurred in the Trail Blazers' Game 2 loss to Golden State on Thursday, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports. All indications are that Lillard will continue to play through the issue, but it may be too late for Portland to climb back into the series after falling behind 3-0 with a loss Saturday night. Lillard struggled again in that contest, hitting just 5-of-18 field goals and finishing with 19 points, six rebounds and six assists. Dating back to Game 2 of the Nuggets series, Lillard is shooting just 36.5 percent from the field and 31.3 percent from three.
Lillard totaled 19 points (5-18 FG, 3-9 3Pt, 6-8 FT), six rebounds, six assists and two steals over 40 minutes in the Trail Blazers' loss to the Warriors on Saturday. In a must-win Game 3, Lillard came up small, scoring just 19 points and going 5-18 from the floor. His final stat line was certainly serviceable from a fantasy perspective, but his inefficiency and low scoring total were contributing factors to another loss. With Game 4 on Monday and the series virtually out of reach, Lillard will be playing primarily for pride in front of his home crowd where he's likely to bounce back.
Lillard posted 23 points (6-16 FG, 5-12 3Pt, 6-7 FT), 10 assists, five rebounds and one steal across 43 minutes during the Trail Blazers' 114-111 loss to the Warriors in Game 2 of the Western Conference finals Thursday. Lillard paced the Blazers in scoring and assists, and his stellar performance from behind the arc was integral to Portland being in position for an upset victory in the closing seconds. However, Lillard ultimately committed the biggest error of the contest when he had the ball stolen from him by Andre Iguodala on the final possession. Lillard has struggled overall from an efficiency standpoint over the first two games of the series, as he's drained just 35.4 percent of his 28 attempts across that pair of contests. He'll look to up his accuracy in Game 3 on Saturday night.
Lillard finished with 19 points (4-12 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 9-9 FT), six assists, and four rebounds in 37 minutes during Tuesday's 116-94 loss to Golden State. The Warriors did an excellent job containing Lillard throughout Tuesday's Game 1, limiting him to 19 points on 4-of-12 shooting. Lillard is going to have to be much better than this if the Trail Blazers hope to make this a competitive series. Despite having five players in double-figures, as opposed to the Warriors who had just three, it was the Trail Blazers who still fell 22 points short in the end. The defense was non-existent at times and unless Lillard can find his rhythm, the NBA Finals certainly seem a long way off at this stage.
Lillard finished with 13 points (3-17 FG, 2-9 2Pt, 5-6 FT), 10 rebounds, eight assists, and three steals in 45 minutes during Sunday's 100-96 victory over the Nuggets. Lillard struggled mightily from the field Sunday, finishing just 3-of-17 from the field. Despite his shooting woes, the Trail Blazers were still able to hold on to defeat the Nuggets and in turn, advancing to the Western Conference finals for the first time in almost 20 years. Lillard managed to factor into the game, compiling 10 rebounds, eight assists, and three steals, outlining his overall importance to the team. He is going to need to find his range come Tuesday as the Warriors will likely take advantage of poor shooting nights such as this.
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