One other sport, one other unbelievable and clutch efficiency from MVP hopeful Damian Lillard, and hey, one other win for the Portland Path Blazers.
The Blazers have been trailing 123-123 with 20.5 seconds left on the clock, and Lillard determined it was his time to take over and win it for his workforce.
Lillard drives to the basket for a bucket that resulted in an and-1, which might finally seal Portland’s 126-124 victory in opposition to the Pelicans.
It will additionally mark the Blazers’ sixth straight win of the season. One other spectacular night time by one spectacular basketball participant.
Lillard completed with 43 factors and a career-high 16 assists within the win.
All of that deserves some reward, proper?
You’d suppose NBA media can be throughout this storyline– giving props to Lillard and his clutch performances with CJ McCollum, Jusuf Nurkic, Zach Collins and Rodney Hood all lacking time.
Properly, NBA media does not appear too impressed.
The NBA Each day publication sends out storylines from video games the night time earlier than to hundreds of thousands of individuals every morning.
As an alternative of giving Lillard props, the main target was about how Lillard ruined Zion Williamson’s night time.
At this level, it’s getting simply plain disrespectful.
WHAT MORE DOES HE HAVE TO DO FOR YOU TO NOTICE HIM?!
Positive, Zion scored 36 factors.
His workforce misplaced and had a +/- of -4 within the 34 minutes he performed.
The truth is, each time Zion Williamson has scored 30+ factors this season the Pelicans have misplaced.
Sorry if we’re not impressed.
Lillard, however, has been clutch past perception this season.
Damian Lillard has scored 82 factors on 63% FG in clutch time this season.
Solely 2 gamers over the past 25 seasons have led in each clutch time factors and clutch time discipline objective proportion in the identical season (min. 50 FGA): Hakeem Olajuwon in 1996-97 and Kevin Garnett in 1999-00. pic.twitter.com/vXFReZpgng
— ESPN Stats & Information (@ESPNStatsInfo) February 18, 2021
And in his profession.
Lillard within the clutch (5-point video games within the final 5 minutes) this season:
⌚️ 82 PTS (1st)
⌚️ 63.2 FG% (1st, min 15 att)
⌚️ 58.8 3P% (1st, min 15 att)
⌚️ 100 FT%
⌚️ 12-3 file (1st)
DAME. TIME. pic.twitter.com/0qaQWdN45S
— StatMuse (@statmuse) February 18, 2021
What extra can Lillard do to get the respect he deserves? I imply, it is simply ridiculous at this level and it is arduous to know why this continues to occur.
Lillard is averaging 29.8 pts, 4.4 rpg, and seven.7 apg. He at the moment is third within the league on scoring.
So what does Lillard should do at this level to show his price?
Possibly its as much as the followers of the Blazers to maintain screaming his reward each sport at this level, so individuals in different areas get what the person is doing in Portland.
He deserves to be within the MVP dialog and the individuals ought to know that.
It is irritating to see Lillard overshadowed, but it surely’s nice to see none of that stuff actually bothers him, on the finish of the day.
Proceed to make Lillard the underdog… we dare you.