Portland Trail Blazers All-Star Damian Lillard will play in Game 3 against the Los Angeles Lakers, according to Blazers’ head coach Terry Stotts.
Lillard dislocated his left index finger in Game 2 while the Blazers were getting blown out.
“He’s getting treatment today,” Coach Stotts said.
“Multiple treatments throughout the day.”
He added, “I believe he’ll be wearing a splint, but he’ll play.”
The injury occurred late in the third quarter when Lillard hit the shoe of Anthony Davis.
He sat the entire fourth quarter and the Lakers tied the series to one a piece.
“I don’t know what happened,” said Lillard.
“I just know I reached from behind and, I don’t know if it was his leg or his foot or if I just pushed my hand into his back or what, but I felt it right away. And when I felt it, I didn’t even want to look at it. But I looked, and it was off, and I immediately started trying to pull it back [in place]. I got it to go back a little bit, but it was still out, and when I went to the back, they had to pull it back.”
Regardless, Lillard wasn’t going to let this stop him from playing in this series.
In the bubble environment, Lillard has been red hot.
“Oh, I’m playing,” Lillard said, admitting he had never dislocated his finger before.
Lillard and the Portland Trail Blazers will look to take a 2-1 lead against the Lakers in Game 3.