Non-contact injuries are the scariest ones.
Portland’s Damian Lillard pulled up on a drive during the third quarter of the Trail Blazers’ blow-out loss to the Lakers Monday and soon asked out of the game. By the fourth quarter he was having an MRI on his right knee (the MRI machine is on the NBA campus in Orlando).
That MRI was “inconclusive” according to Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports/TNT, he will have another Tuesday.
Portland Trail Blazers say the results of an MRI of Damian Lillard's right knee were inconclusive and he will undergo a second MRI Tuesday afternoon.
— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) August 25, 2020
Game 5 between Portland and Los Angeles is Wednesday. Considering the 3-1 series standing, it’s difficult to picture the Trail Blazers taking the risk of putting Lillard back out on the court regardless of the MRI results.
Lillard was not in peak form Monday night and had 11 points and four assists in 27 minutes of play before coming out of the game.