Blazers’ CJ McCollum sounds off on wasting Damian Lillard’s ‘god-like’ Game 5
The Portland Trail Blazers lost Game 5 in their series against the Denver Nuggets. But if you just based it off the reactions to Damian Lillard’s epic clutch performance, you’d think they pulled off the victory.
Lillard poured in 55 points in the loudest way possible, willing his team into two overtimes before eventually running out of steam. The Blazers eventually fell in the second OT, 147-140, but it was by no fault of the 6-time All-Star. His squad failed to flank him with the support he needed, as nobody else breached the 20-point mark.
His backcourt partner CJ McCollum was an ugly 7-for-22 for just 18 points in nearly 51 minutes played. The Blazers guard spoke up about letting their leader down, via ESPN’s Royce Young.
“The degree of difficulty on which he hit some of those shots is god-like. To be able to create space and shoot from so far out contested time after time. It’s a shame we wasted one of the all-time performances by not being more supportive for him.”
The most glaring error came from McCollum to end Portland’s hopes in the second OT. He accidentally stepped on the sideline with under 10 seconds to play, robbing the Blazers of even an attempt to tie things up again down three.
McCollum steps out of bounds with 9.1 secs left 👀 pic.twitter.com/XisIJhf4Be
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) June 2, 2021
Damian Lillard is bound to show up again in Game 6. But Blazers fans better hope and pray he’ll have the support he needs to take this series into a Game 7.