Bucks' Damian Lillard Strains Achilles, Status in Doubt for Game 4 vs. Pacers

Apr 26, 2024; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Milwaukee Bucks guard Damian Lillard (0) during game three
Apr 26, 2024; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Milwaukee Bucks guard Damian Lillard (0) during game three / Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

Milwaukee Bucks star point guard Damian Lillard has a Grade 1 Achilles strain and is doubtful for Game 4 against the Indiana Pacers on Sunday in Indianapolis, according to a report from Chris Haynes of Bleacher Report.

It was clear that the injury was limiting Lillard's burst in Friday night's Game 3 overtime loss to the Pacers, and now his likely departure from the lineup will put the Bucks in a precarious situation heading into Sunday's pivotal Game 4.

Milwaukee has already been without former league MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo in the playoff series due to a calf strain, and there's no clear indication of when he will return.

The onus will be put on Khris Middleton to carry the team offensively into Game 4. He scored a game-high 42 points in the loss on Friday night.

Indiana leads the series 2–1. Game 4 is set for Sunday at 7 p.m. ET.


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