- Baxter Holmes (@Baxter) is a senior writer for ESPN Digital and Print, focusing on the NBA. He has covered the Lakers, the Celtics and previously worked for The Boston Globe and Los Angeles Times.
Portland Trail Blazers star guard Damian Lillard left Monday night’s 135-115 Game 4 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers in the third quarter with a right knee injury and did not return.
Lillard finished with 11 points on 3-of-9 shooting in 27 minutes. He appeared to injure the knee during a drive to the hoop, where he planted his right foot and grimaced in pain.
Walking gingerly on his right leg, Lillard went to the locker room, returned to the court for a few possessions, then went back to the locker room again with 5:18 remaining in the quarter.
Lillard, whose scoring helped carry the Trail Blazers out of the seeding round and into the playoffs, previously suffered a dislocated left index finger in Game 2 of this Western Conference first-round series.
Game 5 is slated for Wednesday in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. The Lakers lead the series 3-1.
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