Damian Lillard grabs microphone, yells 'Rip City' to Trail Blazers fans after draining game-winner (Video)


May 2, 2014; Portland, OR, USA; Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard (0) reacts after hitting the game winning shot against the Houston Rockets during the fourth quarter in game six of the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at the Moda Center. Mandatory Credit: Craig Mitchelldyer-USA TODAY Sports

It might be too early to call this the greatest NBA Playoffs in the history of the game, but early on the teams and players involved are certainly helping in making that case; and on Friday night, no one made a bigger statement than the Portland Trail Blazers’ Damian Lillard, who drained the game-winning three-pointer against the Houston Rockets in Game 6 of their series that now has them moving on to the next round.

 

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With time running down on the clock and his team down by two, Lillard took the inbounds pass and somehow nailed the shot from behind the arc perfectly, which had the crowd in Portland obviously going out of their minds.

After he hit the shot, though, Lillard grabbed the microphone and had a message for the loyal fans who have been behind him from day one, especially when not many thought he would be this solid of an NBA performer.

The bond that Lillard is forming with the Portland fan base is something fun to watch, and we get to see that progress in the next round because of his efforts on Friday.

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