Damian Lillard’s first playoffs have been fun. Nothing may top the game-winner that sent the Houston Rockets home seconds after Chandler Parsons gave the team hope that the series would be extended, but this crossover turning into a dunk over Tim Duncan ranks right below it on his highlight reel:
Lillard is a sneaky, good player. He isn’t extremely flashy, but when he pulls the crossover or dunk out of his arsenal he becomes as exciting as the Stephen Curry’s and Kyrie Irving’s of the league.
Prior to the playoffs, Lillard was one of the few players expected to gain a massive following due to their play that’s often overlooked due to their teams being small markets. John Wall and Kyle Lowry were also on that list, but Lillard rose above all with his three-point shooting and veteran-like play as he dismantled the Houston Rockets.
Against the Spurs, things haven’t been the same as this well-oiled machine isn’t built to make the same mistake as the Rockets did, but tonight, with elimination a possible outcome, he shouldered the load and put the team on his back, scoring 25 points along with 5 rebounds and 4 assists, extending the series and giving his Blazers a shooter’s chance to make this series exciting.
A 3-0 deficit has never been overcome in NBA history. Based on the last three games of the series, there is little to no evidence to assume that they’ll be the first team to achieve the feat, but it’s clear that Damian Lillard and company won’t go down fighting. Tonight was proof of that.