- The Washington Times - Sunday, May 19, 2019

Portland Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard separated his ribs in Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals and has been playing through the pain, according to a report from The Athletic.

Lillard went 5-of-18 in Saturday’s 110-99 loss to the Golden State Warriors, putting Portland down 3-0 in the series. 

Lillard has cooled off in recent weeks after a tremendous first-round series against the Oklahoma City Thunder, in which he buried a series-winning 3-pointer in Game 5 to advance his team to the next round. Since then, Lillard is averaging 23.8 points per game, but is shooting just 38.7% from the field. 

Against Golden State, Lillard is shooting an even-worse 32% while averaging 20.3 points per game. In Game 2, Lillard went down hard in the third quarter and appeared hurt when he got up.

The Warriors can close out the series with a win Monday in Game 4.

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