Aug. 25 (UPI) — Portland Trail Blazers star guard Damian Lillard and Dallas Mavericks All-Star huge man Kristaps Porzingis each will miss Game 5 of their respective collection due to knee accidents.
The Blazers introduced Tuesday that Lillard has a proper knee sprain and listed him as out for their matchup in opposition to the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday.
The crew mentioned a second MRI confirmed the sprain, which Lillard sustained within the third quarter of the Blazers’ 135-115 loss to the Lakers in Monday’s Game 4. The five-time All-Star choice underwent an preliminary MRI after the sport, however the crew mentioned the outcomes have been inconclusive.
Lillard, 30, scored solely 11 factors on 3-of-9 capturing in 27 minutes Monday. He appeared to injure his knee after planting his proper foot on a drive to the basket.
Lillard, who additionally was taking part in via a dislocated left index finger, was the unanimous winner of the MVP award in the course of the NBA’s seeding video games contained in the bubble. He has averaged 30.5 factors per recreation for the reason that restart — second solely to Houston Rockets star James Harden.
The Lakers maintain a 3-1 lead and might shut out the Western Convention collection in Wednesday’s Game 5.
In the meantime, Porzingis will miss Tuesday evening’s Game 5 in opposition to the Los Angeles Clippers due to proper knee soreness. The Mavericks initially listed him as questionable earlier than downgrading him to out.
It is going to be the second straight recreation Porzingis misses as a result of knee ailment. He was a late scratch earlier than the Mavs’ Game Four time beyond regulation win Sunday.
Porzingis, who was ejected in the course of the third quarter of the Mavericks’ Game 1 loss, has averaged 23.7 factors and eight.7 rebounds within the first playoff collection of his profession.
The perfect-of-seven collection between the Mavs and Clippers is tied at two video games apiece.