SportsPulse: USA TODAY Sports’ Martin Rogers breaks down Game 3 of the Western Conference finals, where the Warriors used another big third quarter to beat the Blazers for a commanding 3-0 series lead.

Portland Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard revealed Sunday that he suffered a separated rib in Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals, but he said he will continue to play through the injury.

Lillard confirmed the rib injury, which is on his left side, to reporters Sunday after its existence was first reported Saturday night time. He stated he sustained the harm within the 3rd quarter of Sport 2, right through a collision with Golden State Warriors ahead Kevon Looney, nevertheless it hasn’t restricted his shot or motion.

“No longer in point of fact. Simply the ache, simply from having a separated rib,” Lillard informed newshounds. “There may be not anything you’ll in point of fact do about it. Simply when I am getting winded, it is a little tougher to respire. Touch, when you are in there banging with guys, simply commonplace stuff.”

Lillard scored 19 issues in Portland’s 110-99 loss to the Warriors on Saturday, and shot simply 27.eight% from the ground. He has no longer gave the impression at the staff’s harm record, and trainer Terry Stotts stated he did not know in regards to the severity of the harm sooner than the stories emerged Saturday night time.

Path Blazers level guard Damian Lillard stated he’s going to proceed to play thru a rib harm he sustained in Sport 2. (Picture: Kyle Terada, USA TODAY Sports activities)

“I did not in point of fact know a lot about it till it changed into public,” Stotts told reporters. “Generally when he has something going on, he kind of keeps it to himself, so I would say it’s not surprising.”

The Trailblazers are down 3-0 in the Western Conference finals entering Game 4 on Monday night.

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