Damian Lillard Reveals His Thoughts Before His Clutch Play to Give the Trail Blazers the Win

Published 02/18/2021, 2:06 AM EST
Dec 26, 2020; Portland, Oregon, USA; Portland Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard (0) drives to the basket under pressure from shooting guard Sterling Brown (0) during the first half at Moda Center. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports


The Portland Trail Blazers were able to get another key win. They defeated the New Orleans Pelicans in a game that went down the wire. Damian Lillard was sensational throughout the game, being one of the key scorers for the Blazers and keeping them in the game. Lillard made an incredible play in the dying moments of the game to give the Blazers the lead and the win.

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Damian Lillard unfazed by the close game

Lillard spoke to a reporter after the game and revealed that he was not too worried when was heading into the dying moments of the game. He knew that even if the Pelicans were able to make it to the free-throw line, there was enough time in the game for the Blazers to come back down the court and take the lead. Therefore, he felt no pressure going down the court.

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Lillard said, “It was, a lot of time left. They came down, got to the free-throw line. I think it was 26 seconds on the clock. And I knew that whether we scored or not, if we just got a quality shot with enough time, and we fouled and they make both free throws, we had a chance to tie and go to overtime. So it was really no pressure on that position, I just wanted to attack and make an aggressive move.”

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Lillard added that the Blazers let him have the ball, and he did his thing. He just wanted to create separation and get close to the basketball to ensure a high-percentage opportunity. He was able to get the basket, plus the and-one. But it was after the play where the Blazers shone. Every member of the team played tough defense in an effort to get the stop and win the game.

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Feb 2, 2021; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard (0) dribbles as Washington Wizards forward Deni Avdija (9) defends during the first quarter at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

Lillard added, “I was able to make some space, I knew the big would be up high, so I countered it. I drew contact and focussed on the finish… I kept my eyes upon the finish and one free throw, I knew after that it was up to us to get a stop… Guys flying around in that last possession, I think that showed how bad we wanted this game.”

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Is Damian Lillard an MVP contender? He has been posting some of the best numbers of his career this season. As the season has gone on, the Blazers have held an underrated record, and Lillard is making a great case to be the dark horse in the MVP race.

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy is an NBA & NFL journalist for EssentiallySports, before which he worked at BusinessWorld magazine. He has been a fan of Basketball for over 10 years now, since Shaquille O’Neal was a Phoenix Suns player. During his time at Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, he started a sports magazine for the college called the Overtime Tribune and hosted the Overtime Tribune Podcast until he graduated.

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