Blazers’ Damian Lillard acknowledges series win over Thunder is just the first step
Portland Trail Blazers superstar Damian Lillard is not one to get too hung up on a moment. Sure, his historic game-winner on Tuesday night deserves a proper celebration, but being the single-sighted player that he is, Lillard is already looking ahead.
Speaking to Jason Quick of The Athletic, Lillard acknowledged the importance of their recent series victory, but also stated that they are far from achieving their ultimate objective this season:
“Our goal isn’t to win one round,” Lillard said. “We are happy with our performance, but this is just the first step in the direction we want to go in.”
There was definitely a lot to smile about with regards to Lillard’s Game 5 heroics, as he led his side to a series-clinching victory with a playoff career-high 50 points on 17-of-33 shooting, along with 10 3-pointers, seven rebounds, six assists, three steals, and a block in 45 minutes of play.
Lillard was great for the Blazers all series long, and Oklahoma City had no answer to his inspired play.
Lillard and company definitely made their series win look much easier than it actually was, with the Thunder posing a legitimate threat to Portland’s postseason run. Credit does need to be given where it is due, but even before the dust has settled, Lillard’s laser focus is already looking ahead to the next round.
The Blazers will be pitted against the winner of the Denver Nuggets and San Antonio Spurs series, which is currently at 3-2 in favor of the Nuggets. Both sides will be a formidable foe for Portland, but with Lillard on their side, the Blazers will definitely put up a fight no matter what.