Damian Lillard out for Trail Blazers-Lakers Game 5 with knee sprain

Damian Lillard injured his knee in the Trail Blazers’ Game 4 loss to the Lakers last night. Though it took multiple tests to confirm, this result seemed nearly inevitable.

Lillard will miss Game 5 tomorrow.

Lillard has had a heck of a run through the bubble. But this will probably end his season. The Trail Blazers were overmatched even with Lillard. Down 3-1, they face even longer odds in Game 5 without him.

Portland can hope C.J. McCollum and Carmelo Anthony get hot as scorers who can create their own shots. Anfernee Simons could get expanded playing time in the backcourt.

But there’s no good solution for the Trail Blazers, whose only solace is that the injury wasn’t even worse.