Published: Mon, May 20, 2019
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Lillard Says He Has Separated Ribs, Will Play Through Pain

Lillard Says He Has Separated Ribs, Will Play Through Pain

Lillard just wanted to see the ball go through the net, which has been a rare occurrence for the Trail Blazers' star in the Western Conference finals.

Thompson complemented Curry's 36 points with 19 of his own, helping the Warriors outscore the Trail Blazers' tandem of CJ McCollum (23) and Damian Lillard (19) 55-42 in a battle of premier backcourts.

"I don't think it's something that's affecting my game".

"I think it's had a negative effect on [Lillard and McCollum's] energy", Mullin continued, "because that's not what they want to do".

A four-time All-Star, Lillard averaged 25.9 points and 6.9 assists during the regular season. Portland has started Enes Kanter, as well as Meyers Leonard in Game 3 against the Warriors, in Nurkic's absence. Wrong. He's our leader. They have to be willing to execute, make plays and help them out and loosen up the defense.

"What Steve Kerr's done, he knows what [Lillard and McCollum] don't like to do, and he's making them do it", Mullin explained. "It's as simple as that".

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That he did, though many people watching noted that Lillard did not look like his usual self during Portland's 110-99 loss to Golden State Saturday night at the Moda Center. However, the source downplayed the impact of the rib on Lillard's performance, saying that he frequently plays through injuries.

Lillard credited the Warriors' defense for making it hard for him to get in any rhythm as a scorer. He's only 5-of-20 on shots inside the 3-point line in the series. Lillard said the separation is on the left side, and he wore protective padding in Game 3.

Then, just as Durant fell with his injury, Green stepped up in major fashion. If everything stays status quo, a Game 4 victory for the series sweep and a ticket to the NBA Finals should be inevitable.

As the Blazers' offense sputtered in the second half, Lillard tried to take over. Dropping in 19 points, 13 rebounds and 12 assists, this was already the third triple-double that Green has recorded in this year's playoffs. Blazers coach Terry Stotts said he wasn't aware of the specifics of Lillard's injury until postgame reports Saturday night. They are just kind of banking on the fact that we'll just live with what's happening right now. Didn't get any transition. "Looks to me [the Warriors] all bought into it, and they love it. Scoring 33 in the second half is not going to do it". According to Green, Durant shared some words with him during that questionable time that he's kept with him ever since.

"That's been our plan, and we've done a pretty good job", Green said. Here are three things we can take away from this loss.

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