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Damian Lillard receives injury update after right knee is re-evaluated

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Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard is on the mend after he injured his right knee in Game 4 of Portland's first-round playoff series against the Lakers.

This injury appeared to be non-contact, which is usually a worst-case scenario for any injury.

Lillard left the game and would later leave the NBA bubble.

Fans thought the worst, but doctors in Portland have confirmed the best-case scenario. 

According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, doctors confirmed Lillard has a mild knee strain.

Damian Lillard left to get his knee re-examined by Portland's medical staff last week and I'm told it confirmed a mild sprain of the knee. There's no concern long-term or any seriousness to the knee injury which is obviously a positive sign for a Blazers team that really needed Damian Lillard to carry this group in the seeding games and into the playoffs. Now he is gonna have some time to rest, recover and get started with an offseason.

Shams Charania on Damian Lillard

This is great news, all things considered. Often, non-contact injuries can be severe MCL or ACL injuries. In this case, there is no surgery or anything severe for Lillard. He just has to rest and recover over the shortened offseason and prepare for next season.