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Damian Lillard reportedly playing despite a rib injury suffered in Game 2

Yahoo! Sports logo Yahoo! Sports 5/19/2019 Vinciane Ngomsi
Damian Lillard et al. watching a band on stage in front of a crowd: Damian Lillard reportedly suffered a rib injury during Game 2 of the WCF. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images) © Provided by Oath Inc. Damian Lillard reportedly suffered a rib injury during Game 2 of the WCF. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

Portland Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard has been playing with separated ribs , per The Athletic’s Shams Charania.

Dame appeared to have suffered the sprain during the third quarter of Game 2 after Warriors center Kevon Looney landed on top of of the guard and rolled over him during a loose ball scramble.

Perhaps this injury could explain some of Dame’s shooting woes in the Western Conference finals. The Oakland native shot 5-for-18 from the field and posted 19 points in Saturday’s 110-99 loss in Game 3 of the best-of-seven series.

Despite a dismal Game 3, a source told ESPN that Lillard reportedly “downplayed the impact of the injury” as a reason for his performance.

Portland trails Golden State in the series 3-0. The Blazers will try to avoid being swept when the teams meet Monday night in Portland.

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