Early on Thursday, the Portland Trail Blazers announced that Damian Lillard would be leaving the NBA campus in Orlando.
Damian Lillard will leave the NBA campus in Orlando on Thursday & return to Portland for further examination of his injured right knee. Lillard's availability to return to the Orlando campus is yet to be determined. Further updates will be provided as necessary.- Portland Trail Blazers (@trailblazers) August 27, 2020
The All-Star point guard was already announced to be out for Game 5, the morning after Game 4.
Game 5 of the series, a must-win for the Trail Blazers, was postponed following the Milwaukee Bucks' decision to not take the floor in their Game 5 against the Orlando Magic. All three playoff games scheduled for Thursday were postponed.
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Lillard left Game 4, a blowout 135-115 loss for Portland, with a knee injury that would be later be confirmed to be a right knee sprain. Following the loss, the Trail Blazers trail the Lakers 3-1 in the series. In Game 2, a 111-88 loss for Portland, Lillard exited the matchup early after dislocating his left index finger.
Earlier in the series, in Game 1, the Trail Blazers registered an upset win after Lillard took over late by being responsible for 14 points in the team's 22-9 run over the final eight minutes of the game.
Prior to their first-round series with the Los Angeles Lakers, Lillard was named Kia NBA Player of the Seeding Games after putting on a show over the eight seeding games, especially the final three.
He led the team to a 6-2 record and a win in the Play-in tournament against the Memphis Grizzlies with averages of 36.9 points, 9.7 assists, and 4.0 rebounds.
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