Damian Lillard struggled in the Blazers agonizing 110-99 Game 3 loss to Golden State in the Western Conference Finals as evidenced by his 5-for-18 shooting night, and has struggled for much of the past two rounds of Portland’s surprising postseason run.

An overwhelming amount of defensive attention has certainly contributed to his struggles, but are not the only reason for his fade.  Lillard is also playing through separated ribs, according to a report late Saturday night from Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium.


Lillard’s injury is thought to have come in Game Two when the Warriors’ Kevan Looney fell on top of Lillard while chasing a loose ball.

The news may not be surprising, but certainly affirms Rip City’s notion that all is not well physically with their franchise leader.  It also introduced the question that, trailing the Warriors 3-0, should Lillard even suit up and play in Game Four on Monday?

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