Damian Lillard sidelined with back spasms against Pelicans
NBA.com Global on Nov 20, 2019 07:01 AM
FILE - PORTLAND, OR - APRIL 23: Damian Lillard #0 of the Portland Trail Blazers shoots the ball against the Oklahoma City Thunder during Game Five of Round One of the 2019 NBA Playoffs on April 23, 2019 at the Moda Center in Portland, Oregon. (Photo by Sam Forencich/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard will miss his first game of the season against the New Orleans Pelicans on Tuesday night (Wednesday, PHL time), the team announced.
Lillard is sidelined with back spasms, which he has been experiencing since playing the Toronto Raptors last Wednesday (last Thursday, PHL time).
Lillard has played in two games since the injury, but he has struggled with his shot. Including the game against the Raptors, Lillard has shot 10-for-46 (4-for-22 from 3-point) over his last three games.
Lillard has been experiencing back issues since the Toronto game. He’s tried to fight through it, but you can see it in his shooting, especially from three. Just hasn’t been comfortable.— Casey Holdahl (@CHold) November 19, 2019
Prior to this three-game stretch, the 29-year-old guard had been dominant to start the season. He posted averages of 32.5 points (49.8 FG%, 39.3 3P%), 6.6 assists, 5.1 rebounds and 1.4 steals over his first 11 games.