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Damian Lillard aggravates his injury and grits his teeth

In what state will the Bucks finish this first round against the Pacers? Sportingly already, after the defeat in overtime in Game 3, they are in danger, trailing 2-1. Physically then, the glitches accumulate, with Damian Lillard as a last example.

Giannis Antetokounmpo still did not play in the series, Khris Middleton was hit in the ankle in Game 2 but held his place, then the playmaker was injured in the first quarter of this third round. Pascal Siakam fell on the heel of Damian Lillard and the left knee rotated somewhat.

After several seconds on the ground, the former Portlander returned to the locker room before returning to the game. “I knew it would be uncomfortable, but I thought I wouldn’t put myself in danger”, he comments. “We suffer a lot in terms of injuries”confirms Doc Rivers.

Being on the floor to help despite everything

Only, with 6/20 in shooting (28 points), and above all no shots or points in overtime, “Dame” did not weigh, while “money time” is her favorite moment. Giannis Antetokounmpo absent, he is the one who must make the difference in big moments, and there, he was absent.

“I just wanted to be on the floor in case an opportunity presents itself, or if I can help”justifies Damian Lillard, who has suffered from the Achilles heel since the last match of the regular season and who wanted to stay on the field to serve as a decoy and open doors for Khris Middleton. “It’s a part of the body where we can’t do anything. It can not be helped. If we can't move, we can't. »

It wasn't enough and Milwaukee almost had its back against the wall before Game 4. A 3-1 deficit would be, with the executives physically affected, very, very complicated to recover…

“We have two days ahead of us to get better and prepare for Sunday,” announces the former Blazers. “We will try to take the next match because if that is the case, it is a new series, and after that, it changes each match. We need to turn the page and focus on the next game before leaving Indiana. »

Damian Lillard Percentage Rebounds
Season Team MJ Min Shots 3pts L.F. Off Def Early Pd Party Int Bp Ct Pts
2012-13 POR 82 39 42.9 36.8 84.4 0.5 2.6 3.1 6.5 2.1 0.9 3.0 0.2 19.1
2013-14 POR 82 36 42.4 39.4 87.1 0.4 3.1 3.5 5.6 2.4 0.8 2.4 0.3 20.7
2014-15 POR 82 36 43.4 34.3 86.4 0.6 4.0 4.6 6.2 2.0 1.2 2.7 0.3 21.0
2015-16 POR 75 36 41.9 37.5 89.2 0.6 3.4 4.0 6.8 2.2 0.9 3.2 0.4 25.1
2016-17 POR 75 36 44.4 37.0 89.5 0.6 4.3 4.9 5.9 2.0 0.9 2.6 0.3 27.0
2017-18 POR 73 37 43.9 36.1 91.6 0.9 3.6 4.5 6.6 1.6 1.1 2.8 0.4 26.9
2018-19 POR 80 36 44.4 36.9 91.2 0.9 3.8 4.6 6.9 1.9 1.1 2.7 0.4 25.8
2019-20 POR 66 38 46.3 40.1 88.8 0.5 3.8 4.3 8.0 1.7 1.1 2.9 0.3 30.0
2020-21 POR 67 36 45.1 39.1 92.8 0.5 3.8 4.2 7.5 1.5 0.9 3.0 0.3 28.8
2021-22 POR 29 36 40.2 32.4 87.8 0.5 3.7 4.1 7.3 1.3 0.6 2.9 0.4 24.0
2022-23 POR 58 36 46.3 37.1 91.4 0.8 4.0 4.8 7.3 1.9 0.9 3.3 0.3 32.2
2023-24 MIL 73 35 42.4 35.4 92.0 0.5 3.9 4.4 7.0 1.8 1.0 2.6 0.3 24.3
Total 842 36 43.8 37.1 89.7 0.6 3.6 4.2 6.7 1.9 1.0 2.8 0.3 25.1

How to read the stats? MJ = matches played; Min = Minutes; Shots = Successful shots / Attempted shots; 3pts = 3-points / 3-points attempted; LF = free throws made / free throws attempted; Off = offensive rebound; Def=defensive rebound; Tot = Total rebounds; Pd = assists; Fte: Personal fouls; Int = Intercepts; Bp = Lost balls; Ct: Against; Pts = Points.

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