Damian Lillard has been playing with the Portland Trail Blazers since 2012, being the sixth overall pick of the team during that year’s National Basketball Association (NBA) draft.
At present, the point guard leads the Portland Trail Blazers as among its top scorers. In addition, Lillard is the only NBA All-Star to represent his basketball team.
The 28-year-old Oakland, California native is a favorite of Los Angeles Lakers superstar, LeBron James, for his NBA All-Star squad.
James chose Lillard in the introductory televised draft of the NBA All-Star.
The Lakers power forward has a tremendous appreciation of Lillard who is now in the league with other NBA luminaries like Kyrie Irving, Karl-Anthony Towns, Dwyane Wade, Kevin Durant, and Kawhi Leonard, among others.
The Trail Blazers are enjoying Lillard’s presence through his contribution average of 26.1 points, 6.4 assists, and 4.5 rebounds.
At present, he is on the ninth spot in the NBA for his impressive shooting average per match.
More is expected from Lillard as the Portland Trail Blazers will face-off against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Monday at the Chesapeake Energy Arena.
Coach Terry Stotts’ team was on the brink of winning their game against the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday.
However, top-scoring Lillard failed to deliver the team towards victory. At the start of the game at Dallas’s American Airlines Center, he accomplished 2 of 11 from the shooting field.
For the whole of the first two and a half quarters, Lillard’s shots appeared isolated, but he gradually became on fire.
The Portland Trail Blazers pummeled the Dallas Mavericks as the game progressed in the initial three quarters, thanks to Lillard and his teammate, Trail Blazers center, Jusuf Nurkić.
They hammered Coach Rick Carlisle’s team by scoring 58 total baskets and did further damage by grabbing nine more rebounds.
Lillard’s substantial scoring helped mount a lead for the Portland team, which compounded to 96-81 during the onset of the fourth quarter.
However, following his 21-point outburst, his shooting enthusiasm diminished again in the fourth quarter, contributing merely two points for the Trail Blazers.
On 10-of-23 shooting, Lillard concluded the game with a total of 30 points. Portland grappled for seven minutes during the fourth quarter scoreless.
They were left basketing only nine points later in the game as the Mavericks continued to recuperate, immediately changing the direction of the match.
The Dallas Mavericks has small forward, Luka Dončić, who contributed 28 points, to thank for.
The team was able to offset a 15-point shortage during the fourth quarter, defeating the Portland Trail Blazers with the final score of 102-101.