Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard dislocated his left index finger toward the end of the third quarter against the Los Angeles Lakers while reaching out for the ball. Lillard left the arena shaking his head and frustrated but the X-rays came back as negative and he wants to play in Game 3.
"Oh, I'm playing," Lillard said when asked about his Game 3 status, as quoted on ESPN. "It's just sore. A little bit tender to the touch," "[The staff] had to put it back for me, and at that point, I thought it was broken," Lillard said.
"I was just frustrated because I had to go back and get it looked at. I was just frustrated. It was just bad timing. I handle the ball a lot, so just knowing there's going to be some discomfort, I don't know how that's going to feel or how that's going to go.
It's frustrating. That's all it was."
Lillard says a bad night had to eventually happen
After an outstanding effort to reach the playoffs, the eighth-seeded Trail Blazers stunned the first-seeded Lakers 100-93 in Game 1.
In Game 2, it was a completely different scenario as the Lakers blew away the Trail Blazers 111-88 to even the series. "I wouldn't say we were due. I do think that the game balances itself out," Lillard said.
"Some guys come out and have a huge night and then the next night they can be cooled off. Some teams play really well for stretches and then they have that game where they cool off. I think we've played really well offensively since we've been here.
I wouldn't say we were due, but it happens. Sometimes you have a tough night on that end of the floor. Tonight, we had a tough night on the offensive end of the floor." Meanwhile, Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo said the team had sense of urgency after losing Game 1 against the eighth-seeded Orlando Magic.
In Game 2, Antetokounmpo scored 28 points and the first-seeded Bucks easily beat the Magic 111-96 to even the series. "I think the whole team was ready for this game. You've got to understand, you don't want to be down 2-0," Antetokounmpo said, per ESPN.
"We can still get back, but you don't want to put yourself in that position, especially early in the playoffs. We knew that we had to come out and just play hard, try to get a win; and as a team, we knew for us to get a win we gotta play hard. "We cannot talk about it; we gotta play about it."