Video: Blazers Superstar Damian Lillard Suffers Gruesome Injury in Game 2 vs. Lakers

Robert Marvi
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After a surprising Game 1 win over the Los Angeles Lakers, the Portland Trail Blazers are having a rough outing in Game 2.

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.

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.

The run included a 51-point game against the Philadelphia 76ers and a 61-point eruption against the Dallas Mavericks in the very next game.

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.

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Robert is a native of Santa Monica, Calif., and a graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara. He has been an avid NBA fan since he was a little kid in the mid '90s and fell in love with the Nick Van Exel-led Lakers teams. He truly cherishes the Kobe Bryant-era of Lakers basketball and the five world championships that came with it, and is looking forward to the team's next NBA title.