Damian Lillard carted off after injuring ankle vs. Mavs

In a seven-day period, Damian Lillard has welcomed a healthy baby boy, found that his brother was shot in a targeted shooting, and now suffered an injury that could be detrimental to Portland's playoff run.

Kahron Spearman

In what's been an unusually up-and-down past seven days for Portland Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard, he is now dealing with the fact that he could be out some time with a severely sprained ankle. 


The All-Star was driven to the team bus in a cart after he suffered a left ankle sprain in the fourth quarter of Portland's bad 115-109 loss to the lowly Dallas Mavericks.


He initally shook off the injury and stayed in for the final five minutes, but the pain quickly worsened forcing him to limp to the locker room.

The injury, which will instantly affect Portland's playoff chances depending on the severity of the sprained ankle, tops off a chaotic week for Lillard.


He just welcomed a healthy baby boy into the world, and also learned his younger half-brother was shot in Portland, in what appears to be a targeted shooting. 


The immediate issue of the ankle is a pressing concern leading into the playoffs. The Blazers are three games ahead of the San Antonio Spurs and Utah Jazz for the No. 3 seed in the Western Conference with just four regular season games remaining. 

I think I have a pretty high pain tolerance, but I'm going to be smart about it. It's the end of the season, we are going into the playoffs, so I have to be smart that one thing doesn't turn into another.


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