Advertisement

Trail Blazers' Damian Lillard, Mavericks' Kristaps Porzingis ruled out for Game 5s

Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard (0) has averaged 30.5 points per game since the restart. File Photo by Erik Lesser/EPA-EFE
Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard (0) has averaged 30.5 points per game since the restart. File Photo by Erik Lesser/EPA-EFE

Aug. 25 (UPI) -- Portland Trail Blazers star guard Damian Lillard and Dallas Mavericks All-Star big man Kristaps Porzingis both will miss Game 5 of their respective series because of knee injuries.

The Blazers announced Tuesday that Lillard has a right knee sprain and listed him as out for their matchup against the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday.

Advertisement

The team said a second MRI confirmed the sprain, which Lillard sustained in the third quarter of the Blazers' 135-115 loss to the Lakers in Monday's Game 4. The five-time All-Star selection underwent an initial MRI after the game, but the team said the results were inconclusive.

Lillard, 30, scored only 11 points on 3-of-9 shooting in 27 minutes Monday. He appeared to injure his knee after planting his right foot on a drive to the basket.

RELATED Miami Heat sweep Indiana Pacers to advance; Bucks, Thunder earn wins

Lillard, who also was playing through a dislocated left index finger, was the unanimous winner of the MVP award during the NBA's seeding games inside the bubble. He has averaged 30.5 points per game since the restart -- second only to Houston Rockets star James Harden.

Advertisement

The Lakers hold a 3-1 lead and can close out the Western Conference series in Wednesday's Game 5.

Meanwhile, Porzingis will miss Tuesday night's Game 5 against the Los Angeles Clippers because of right knee soreness. The Mavericks initially listed him as questionable before downgrading him to out.

RELATED 76ers fire coach Brett Brown after being swept by Celtics

It will be the second straight game Porzingis misses due to the knee ailment. He was a late scratch before the Mavs' Game 4 overtime win Sunday.

Porzingis, who was ejected during the third quarter of the Mavericks' Game 1 loss, has averaged 23.7 points and 8.7 rebounds in the first playoff series of his career.

The best-of-seven series between the Mavs and Clippers is tied at two games apiece.

RELATED Luka Doncic stuns Clippers with OT buzzer-beater; 76ers, Nets eliminated

Latest Headlines