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Report: Damian Lillard plans to return for Trail Blazers-Wizards on Wednesday

Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard

PORTLAND, OREGON - FEBRUARY 25: Damian Lillard #0 of the Portland Trail Blazers warms up prior to their game against the Boston Celtics at Moda Center on February 25, 2020 in Portland, Oregon. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)

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Damian Lillard called the Trail Blazers the last team anyone wants to face in the playoffs.

Portland must get there first.

The Trail Blazers have gone 1-4 with Lillard sidelined by a groin injury. They visit the Magic tonight.

Help should arrive Wednesday.

Shams Charania of Stadium:

Portland is 3.5 games and four teams out of postseason position. That’s a huge deficit this late in the season. Not only must the Trail Blazers play better, they must hope the Grizzlies, Pelicans, Kings and Spurs don’t also get hot.

Lillard is the best player on teams competing for the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference. He could single-handedly tilt the race if healthy. The point guard was really cooking before going down.

But Lillard could also play great and the Trail Blazers still fall short. They have a lot of ground to make up in a short time. Odds are against them.