Chris Haynes: Portland Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard (knee contusion) will return today against the Toronto Raptors and Norman Powell will start over Derrick Jones Jr., league sources tell @YahooSports.
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Lillard added that it was the same knee that he banged during the Blazers Feb. 16th game against the Oklahoma City Thunder. “It’s the same knee that I got kneed in against OKC and it had never stopped being sore from that game. So to get kneed on that same spot again, I knew that it would react like this and it would be swollen.”
Justin Grasso: Damian Lillard is out tonight vs. #Sixers per @Casey Holdahl
Jamie Hudson: Blazers Injury Report: Damian Lillard (abdominal strain) and Derrick Jones Jr. (left foot sprain) are questionable. Nassir Little (left knee sprain) is out for Thursday’s game at Philadelphia.
Stadium: Re-evaluation of Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard’s right knee confirmed a mild sprain, our NBA Insider @ShamsCharania reports.
Jason Quick: Blazers announce Damian Lillard will leave the Orlando bubble Thursday to receive further examination on his injured right knee.
An awful game for the Portland Trail Blazers Monday night against the Los Angeles Lakers became much worse in the third quarter when Damian Lillard left the court with a right knee injury. Lillard walked off under his own power. After the game, he underwent an MRI that turned out to be inconclusive, according to the Blazers. Lillard is scheduled to undergo another MRI on Tuesday.
Jay Allen: Terry Stotts says @Damian Lillard will play tonight, and probably wear a splint. Says Dame got to the arena early to test it out. #RipCity
Chris Mannix: Terry Stotts says Damian Lillard will play tomorrow
Jamie Hudson: “He’s been getting multiple treatment throughout the day. I believe he’ll wear a splint… He’ll play.” Coach Stotts’ update on Lillard
Shams Charania: Initial signs are optimistic for Damian Lillard to play vs. Lakers in Game 3 on Saturday, per sources.
Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard offered a definitive answer on his status for Game 3 of their first-round playoff series against the Los Angeles Lakers on Saturday after dislocating his left index finger. “I’m playing,” Lillard said.
Lillard left the court at the end of the third quarter to receive treatment and a splint on his left and middle index fingers. Though x-rays turned out negative, the Trail Blazers kept Lillard on the bench for the entire fourth quarter. “It’s just sore and a little bit tender,” said Lillard, who had 18 points on only 6-of-14 shooting. “A little bit sore, swollen and uncomfortable.”
Mark Medina: Terry Stotts said “it’s too early to say” if Damian Lillard will play in Game 3.
Jay Allen: Terry Stotts says @Damian Lillard (left foot) is “ready to go” for tomorrow’s game vs. Memphis. #RipCity
Jay Allen: Terry Stotts says @Damian Lillard (sore left foot) will not play in today’s scrimmage against the #Thunder. @CJ McCollum is being given the day off. #Blazers #RipCity
But now, in the second of three scrimmage games, Portland will be without their point guard Damian Lillard, who is dealing with inflammation in his left foot. Stotts says Lillard had an x-ray on his left foot. The x-rays came back negative. From the sounds of it, it seems the inflammation is at the bottom of Lillard’s left foot. He did have an x-ray. The x-ray was negative. He just has some inflammation. I don’t expect it to be a long-term deal. Hopefully he’ll be able to play our last scrimmage. I think it’s a little bit on the bottom of his foot, but I’m not quite sure about that, but I think it is. — Trail Blazers coach Terry Stotts
Chris Mannix: Terry Stotts says @Damian Lillard did everything at practice today. Was a non-contact practice. Stotts says Lillard status for tomorrow’s scrimmage is TBD.
Jamie Hudson: Coach Stotts says Lillard, who is sitting out today, did have an x-ray on his left foot. The x-rays came back negative. The inflammation on Lillard’s foot is at the bottom of his foot. Stotts expects Lillard to play in the team’s final scrimmage on Tuesday.
Casey Holdahl: Damian Lillard (right groin strain) is probable for Wednesday’s game vs. Wizards
Jason Quick: Source says Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard will make 3-game trip to Indiana, Atlanta and Orlando but is expected to miss “a couple more games” with right groin strain.
Damian Lillard on healing: [I have] nine full days [during the All-Star break]. A lot of treatment and a lot of time to try and figure it out and test it out. But the groin is nothing to play with, so I’m going to take my time and just try to do all the things I can do to give myself the best chance to be ready when we come back after the break. But if not, maybe miss one game after the break, or one or two more games.
Chris Haynes: Yahoo Sources: Portland Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard underwent an MRI and it confirmed a groin strain with a 1-2 week recovery period.
Chris Haynes: Portland Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard suffered a right groin strain (grade 1-2) and is unlikely to participate in Sunday night’s All-Star Game, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.
John Hollinger: Steph Curry and LeBron James both had groin strains last year. Curry missed 11 games, LeBron missed 17. Obviously degrees of strain matter here, and the week off with no games helps … but Blazers can’t really afford to lose Dame for very long.
Chris Haynes: Portland Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard — who sat out last two games with back spasms — will return to action tonight against the Cleveland Cavaliers, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.
Casey Holdahl: Damian Lillard (back spasms) is probable for Saturday’s game vs. Cavs
Jason Quick: Thread on Damian Lillard back injury: He says he is hopeful to return Saturday at Cleveland. “I would be doing a disservice to my health if I just went out and played. It will stick around. Where we are now, the best thing is to get healthy, then we make our push,” he said.
Jason Quick: Blazers announce Damian Lillard will not play tonight in New Orleans because of back spasms
NBA rules require teams to announce whether a player is probable, questionable, doubtful or out by 5 p.m. the day before a game. Lillard’s injury was diagnosed Thursday night in Oakland, sources said, but it was not put on the injury report. It was reported by several media outlets after the game Saturday and confirmed by Lillard on Sunday.
It is long tradition in sports to keep certain injuries secret, especially in the playoffs, when opponents can potentially use the information against a team. “I wasn’t much aware of it,” Blazers coach Terry Stotts said of Lillard’s injury, denying he knew the health status of his most important player. “I didn’t know how much it was bothering him until [Saturday].”
Shams Charania: Portland Trail Blazers All-NBA star Damian Lillard has separated ribs and is playing through the injury, league sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium . Lillard shot 5-of-18 in Game 3 loss to Warriors.
Tim MacMahon: A source confirmed that Damian Lillard has a separated rib but downplayed the impact of the injury on his performance. “Not a story, he always plays through injuries.”
Joe Freeman: Terry Stotts says Damian Lillard (right knee soreness) will not play vs the Hawks.
Joe Freeman: Stotts says Lillard’s injury is not serious and he’ll “hopefully” miss just one game. After tonight, the Blazers play one game in 9 days.
Joe Freeman: Blazers injury update: Damian Lillard (right hand strain) is available and Moe Harkless (left knee soreness) is out tonight vs. Cleveland.
Rod Boone: Terry Stotts said Damian Lillard (left elbow sprain) will start tonight vs. #Hornets.
Joe Freeman: The Blazers list Damian Lillard (left elbow sprain) as questionable and Moe Harkless (left knee sorness) as out for the Blazers’ game vs. the Hornets on Friday.
Kerith Burke: Damian Jones has a left shoulder strain. He will not return.
Mark Medina: Warriors say Damian Jones has a Grade One MCL strain in his right knee. Warriors are listing him as day to day.
Jason Quick: “I feel pretty good about tonight” Lillard said, citing his sprained ankle history.
Jason Quick: Lillard just talked to trainers. He will play versus Spurs.
Jason Quick: Damian Lillard tells me his plan is to play Saturday in San Antonio. Says his left ankle sprain is feeling better.
Tim MacMahon: Portland coach Terry Stotts says Damian Lillard is “feeling better” but won’t play tonight against the Rockets. Stotts does expect Lillard to get some playing time before the playoffs.
Chris Haynes: ESPN Sources: Portland guard Damian Lillard (left ankle sprain) will officially be ruled out of tonight’s game at Houston.
Shams Charania: Portland Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard is day-to-day with left ankle injury and is expected to miss Thursday’s game in Houston, league sources tell Yahoo.
Star point guard Damian Lillard rolled his left ankle in the fourth quarter and later had to be carted from the locker room to the team bus following the Blazers’ 115-109 loss to the lowly Mavericks at American Airlines Center. With about five minutes left in Tuesday’s game, Lillard jumped to make a pass in the lane and landed on the foot of Dallas center Sal Mejri. His ankle rolled with all his weight on it. He played the final five minutes of the game with a slight hobble, but he said once the game ended, more pain and swelling rushed to the ankle.
The Blazers have four regular season games remaining before the playoffs begin April 14. Portland plays at Houston on Thursday, and Lillard said he will wait and see how the ankle responds. “I think I have a pretty high pain tolerance, but I’m going to be smart about it,’’ Lillard said. “It’s the end of the season, we are going into the playoffs, so I have to be smart that one thing doesn’t turn into another.’’
Tim MacMahon: Portland PG Damian Lillard will play against the Rockets after missing the previous two games due to a calf strain, coach Terry Stotts said.
Jason Quick: Damian Lillard says he felt better today than he did last week before he returned against Atlanta. Went through extensive weight lifting Monday and thorough workout pregame. Says he doesnt want to speculate on playing vs. Houston.
Mike Richman: Blazers have ruled out Damian Lillard for Tuesday’s game vs. OKC. He will miss his second straight game with a right calf strain.
Jason Quick: Lillard was clearly disappointed in decision to hold him out vs. Spurs, but says he has learned to respect the health experts.
Jason Quick: Lillard says it is the right calf that is keeping him out. Says health & performance staff feels it is “smarter” to take it easy. Says he feels same as before Friday game vs. Atlanta, when he said he felt he made impact.
Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard will make his return Tuesday night on the road against the Cleveland Cavaliers, league sources tell ESPN.
Although he was healthy enough, Portland (19-17) opted against playing Lillard in Monday night’s overtime victory over the Chicago Bulls so that he wouldn’t face a back-to-back set of games upon his return. The two-time NBA All-Star is averaging 25.2 points, 5.0 rebounds and 6.4 assists.
Jason Quick: Lillard said he could go tonight at Chicago but decided to sit out because he doesn’t want to initiate his healing hamstring in a back-to-back scenario. Says “I plan to play” Tuesday in Cleveland.
Nick Friedell: Damian Lillard will not play tonight vs. Bulls. This is the fifth consecutive game he will miss because of a right hamstring strain.
Jason Quick: Blazers announce Lillard is out
Joe Freeman: Damian Lillard is OUT tonight vs the 76ers with his right hamstring ailment. It’s the third game in a row he will miss.
Mike Richman: Blazers now adding Damian Lillard to the injury report after he was removed from it yesterday. He is listed as questionable to play tonight vs. Philly.
Mike Richman: Terry Stotts said Lillard did not practice on Tuesday and was limited at practice today. Regardless, Lillard is set to return to the lineup Thursday after missing the last two games.
Jason Quick: Damian Lillard says his strained right hamstring is making “big progress.” Says he definitely will play in Blazers’ next game, Dec. 28 vs. Philadelphia
Chris Haynes: Portland All-Star guard Damian Lillard (hamstring strain), who is out tonight against Denver, also expected to miss Saturday’s game at Los Angeles Lakers as a precaution, league sources tell ESPN. The next game for Trail Blazers would be hosting Philadelphia Dec. 28.
Joe Freeman: Damian Lilard said he hurt himself when Pau Gasol, at full speed, collided into the back of his right knee. “I couldn’t move,” Lillard said, acknowledging he was basically a decoy down the stretch.
Despite the rolled ankle, noticeable discomfort, and around-the-clock treatment, Lillard seems determined to face the Sixers. Lillard, who did not participate in practice, said he is looking forward to the matchup. “I told y’all that yesterday,” Lillard said, referring to previously saying he planned on playing in Philadelphia. “I pretty much got babied last night so it was good…I feel good.”
Jason Quick: Blazers report that Damian Lillard has a right ankle sprain, but list him as probable to play Tuesday at Dallas.
Chris Haynes: ESPN Sources: Portland guard Damian Lillard to return tonight against Los Angeles Lakers. Missed last five games with ankle sprain.
“It feels way better, I went through a full speed workout with no limitations,” said Lillard after Saturday’s practice in Minneapolis. “I would have did our stuff with the group where we did some defensive stuff against a shell, not really full contact. I would have did that but I didn’t want to get in the way of any of the guys that’s going to be playing, so I stayed out of that. I did the shooting stuff before we did that, I did my own little workout at the end for the last 20 minutes or so, full speed normal stuff. It felt pretty good. Some stuff, it didn’t hurt but I wasn’t really comfortable with it. It wasn’t completely comfortable, so just going to keep working out and keep working that swelling out, that soreness out, trying to get back. I’m not going to rush it, at this point I might as well wait until completely ready to go.”
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April 13, 2021 | 1:16 pm EDT Update
Hours after Luka Doncic criticized the idea of the NBA’s play-in tournament, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban told ESPN that the concept is “an enormous mistake,” especially due to this season’s compressed schedule. “I get why the NBA is doing it,” Cuban said in a series of messages to ESPN. “But if we are going to be creative because of COVID, we should go straight up 1-20 and let the bottom 4 play in. This is the year particularly to do it since the 10 games cut [from the normal 82-game schedule] were in conference.
“The worst part of this approach is that it doubles the stress of the compressed schedule. Rather than playing for a playoff spot and being able to rest players as the standings become clearer, teams have to approach every game as a playoff game to either get into or stay in the top 6 since the consequences, as Luka said, are enormous. So players are playing more games and more minutes in fewer days.”
“In a regular season of 82 games where we aren’t playing 30-plus games in 6 weeks, then it might have been OK,” Cuban told ESPN. “But the compression of so many games into so few days makes this an enormous mistake. “If we had gone 1 to 16, with the top 12 in, it still would have been rough, but there would have been more separation between play-in and the top 12. This is a season where we have to rest high-usage players. We have no choice. And that can and will have consequences.”
Andrew Lopez: Isaiah Thomas’ 10-day contract with the Pelicans has expired and the team will not look to bring him back right away, source tells ESPN. Pels could bring him back down the road, though. (1/3)
Andrew Lopez: They have 2 weeks before needing to sign another player – on either a 10-day or rest of the year. Because of luxury tax reasons, Pelicans could wait the full 2 weeks before adding someone. (2/3)
Andrew Lopez: The Pels loved Thomas’ veteran presence and the way he communicated with younger guys while he was with the team. But new injuries to Josh Hart (thumb) and Nickeil Alexander-Walker (high ankle sprain) will factor into who gets brought in for next deal. (3/3)