Not only did they fall behind by as many as 33 points, they also lost their superstar, Damian Lillard, to a left index finger injury late in the third quarter.
Damian Lillard appears to injure left index finger, heads back to locker room. pic.twitter.com/xZJvSx9QmO
— NBC Sports Northwest (@NBCSNorthwest) August 21, 2020
Portland’s Damian Lillard has suffered a dislocated left index finger. X-rays negative.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) August 21, 2020
Lillard has been arguably the best player in the NBA since the 2019-20 season resumed in late July. He averaged 37.6 points and 9.6 assists in the eight seeding games, of which Portland won six.
Those efforts earned Lillard the designation of this season’s Most Valuable Bubble Player.
In Game 1 against the Lakers, Lillard cooled off a bit, but he still had 34 points to key Portland’s 100-93 win.
Needless to say, if Lillard is unable to play in even one game of the series against L.A., Portland’s chances of advancing will fall precipitously.