The Trail Blazers will look to keep their season alive on Monday night when Portland hosts Golden State in Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals.
Damian Lillard spoke with the media before Sunday’s practice ahead of Game 4, to talk about his reported injury, how the team approaches being down 3-0, and more.
PLAYING THROUGH PAIN
“I feel fine, I mean, it happened early in the second game. I think the third [quarter] of the second game. I finished the game and played last night,” Lillard said.
Lillard also said, “I don’t think it’s affecting my game.”
The Trail Blazers point guard is not taking any painkillers for his injury, but he has been playing with his ribs taped and padded.
BLAZERS COMING TOGETHER FOR GAME 4
One thing is for sure – the Blazers will not roll over now that they’re down 3-0. Portland is now playing for pride.
“We’ve put so much into the success that we’ve had this season that everybody cares,” Lillard said. “It means something to everybody. So on top of all those things, having pride and not wanting to be swept, we’re not ready to stop playing. So it’s as simple as that.”
Meyers Leonard added that the team’s mindset is to, “have pride-- simple as that. You know, we can easily just say, ‘well, we’re down 0-3, no one else has ever done it, why not just get to the summer.’ That’s not who we are. That’s not, certainly our mindset… We have a group of guys that really care.”
LILLARD REACHED OUT TO FORMER OREGON DUCK
Former Oregon wide receiver, Keanon Lowe, tackled the armed student at Parkrose High School in NE Portland Friday night. The local high school that thankfully avoided tragedy on Friday holds a special spot in Lillard’s heart.
“Parkrose, first of all, my connection to Parkrose, they’re one of my Respect Schools where I go and speak to those kids. I form relationships with their staff and students at the school, and they’ve really bought into the respect campaign. There’s a connection there,” Lillard said.
Lillard and the Blazers invited Lowe to Game 3 at Moda Center Saturday night. Lillard spoke to Lowe after the game.
“For him to take that type of stand and to go tackle the kid and protect all those people and himself I think just – that’s a real hero move,” Lillard said.
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