Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard listed as out for Game 5 vs. Lakers

Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard drives to the basket against Lakers forward Anthony Davis.
Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard, shown driving to the basket, has been listed as out and Lakers forward Anthony Davis (3) as doubtful for Game 5 of their first-round playoff series on Wednesday.
(Ashley Landis / Associated Press)

The Trail Blazers announced Tuesday afternoon that Damian Lillard is listed as out for Game 5 of the first-round playoff series against the Lakers on Wednesday.

The All-Star guard, who dislocated a finger on his left hand during Game 2, sprained his right knee during the second half of Game 4, left the court and did not return to play. He began limping late in the third quarter after pulling up to take a jump shot.


The Lakers, who lead the best-of-seven playoff series three games to one, listed Rajon Rondo as doubtful for Game 5, and coach Frank Vogel said during his media session Tuesday that it’s “unlikely” the veteran point guard will play.

Lakers All-Star forward Anthony Davis, who left Game 4 in the second half because of back spasms and did not return, is ready to play, Vogel said. Davis had 18 points, five rebounds, five assists, two blocked shots and a steal in 17 minutes.

LeBron James led the Lakers to the 135-115 victory in Game 4. He finished with 30 points, 10 assists and six rebounds while making 10 of 12 shots from the field, including four of five from three-point range.

Lillard had only 11 points on three-of-nine shooting before exiting the game, which the Lakers opened on a 15-0 run and built the lead to 38 points in the third quarter.

The Lakers’ shooting, particularly in the first half, was stellar in their Game 4 playoff victory over the Portland Trail Blazers.

Aug. 25, 2020