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How long the Bucks will be without Damian Lillard


The injuries keep on coming for the Bucks.

If being without Giannis Antetokounmpo wasn’t enough, Khris Middleton suffered an ankle injury in Game 2 and Damian Lillard strained his Achilles in Game 3, putting his status for a crucial Game 4 in doubt.

Lillard led Milwaukee to a Game 1 victory with 35 points. He scored 34 points in Game 2, but it wasn’t enough to prevent the Pacers from stealing home-court advantage. Tyrese Haliburton then led Indy to a Game 3 overtime win to take a 2-1 series lead.

How long will the Bucks be without Lillard? Here’s everything you need to know about his injury.

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Lillard is dealing with a strained right Achilles, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania.

Lillard’s right Achilles has reportedly been bothering him for a few weeks. He aggravated the injury late in the fourth quarter of Milwaukee’s Game 3 loss.

Here is a video of Lillard’s injury:

Lillard played all but five seconds of the overtime period, but he did not attempt a shot. Bucks head coach Doc Rivers said that Lillard told him he “just can’t go as far as explosion” and would be a decoy, per The Athletic’s Eric Nehm.

Lillard is doubtful for Game 4 with a Grade 1 Achilles strain, per Bleacher Report’s Chris Haynes. He’s reportedly in a walking boot.

“I think tonight it was just so fresh, reaggravating it after having a whole week to get it together, but I just wanted to be on the floor in case opportunity came up or however I could help,” Lillard said about the injury after Game 3. “Obviously, tonight we’re gonna get back and just have to get ahead of it because that’s not something that you want to play with.

“It’s one of those spots on your body where you literally can’t, you can’t do nothing about it. If you can’t move, you can’t move. So we have a couple of days tonight to start to just try to get ahead of it, just get it feeling better and get ready for Sunday.”

Through three games, Lillard is averaging 32.3 points, 5.3 assists, and 3.7 rebounds on .415/.444/.964 shooting splits in the 2024 NBA Playoffs.

Lillard appeared in 73 of a possible 82 games during the regular season. 

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