‘Some Respect’: NBA Players Left Dazzled with the Historic Performance of Damian Lillard

Published 08/12/2020, 12:57 AM EDT


The Portland Trail Blazers came to Orlando on a mission. They were given a lifeline by the NBA; a fair chance to make the playoffs. From the 10th seed with 3.5 games behind the Memphis Grizzlies, they are now the eighth seed; ahead of them. With every game a must-win, Damian Lillard rose to the occasion yet again, scoring a monumental 61 points to beat the Dallas Mavericks.

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This performance won over his colleagues from the NBA, who were left dazzled by him. One of the first ones to tweet about it was NBA analyst Skip Bayless, who is currently engaged in a war of words with Lillard.

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Then came in all the NBA players, including 3-time champion Dwyane Wade.

Damian Lillard: Franchise hero

Despite the Blazers being a small-market franchise, Lillard stays, as he wants to build a legacy here. A lot of players choose to go for a ring after fruitless years, but Dame is here to carve out his own wins. However, the Blazers’ front office deserve credit too. They have built a solid team around Lillard, despite their market size.

So far in the bubble, Lillard is averaging a league-high 37 points per game. Not only is he excelling in scoring, but his playmaking has been on full display too. He is currently second in the bubble, with 9.3 assists per game.

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After the game against the Mavericks, Lillard had no time to gloat about his performance. His focus was on winning the final game of the seeding campaign.

“That’s the most important game of our lives,” Lillard said, talking about the next game against the Nets. “Tonight was great. We said we need one win. We’re going to focus on one game. We got to finish it out right. We’ve got to come out with the same mentality we had tonight, get the job done.”

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The Blazers play against the Nets on Thursday night, and they will be aiming to finish the seeding games with a bang.

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Aaron Mathew

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Aaron Mathew is a sports analyst at EssentiallySports. A graduate in Mass Media from Xavier’s College, Aaron has been a part of EssentiallySports since May 2020 where he covers both NBA and NCAA basketball news, and has also covered NBA 2K. In the past, Aaron has worked at the Sports Desk of Mumbai Mirror.

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