Portland Trail Blazers superstar point guard Damian Lillard has established himself as one of the best scorers in the game.

The Blazers star earned that title by working on his craft for countless hours and putting up performances which made fans lose their minds.

However, Lillard also has his teammates to thank. The five-time All-Star told Chine Ogwumike on Instagram live that his Blazers teammates have told him to keep shooting and having big games no matter what the outside people are saying and if they’re calling him selfish.

Lillard says he used to take “a step back” after a big game or two, but not anymore now that his teammates are encouraging him to shoot and score for Portland.

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Before the season got suspended, Lillard was averaging 28.9 points per game. He was also shooting 45.7 percent from the field, 39.4 percent from beyond the arc, and 88.8 percent from the free-throw line.

The Blazers, despite Lillard’s stellar numbers, only had a record of 29-37 prior to play being suspended. After reaching the Western Conference Finals last season, the Blazers — for whatever reason — have been inconsistent in 2019-20.

Dame has two 60-point games on the season for the Blazers. He’s also scored at least 50 points four times. Portland is going to need Lillard, CJ McCollum, and Carmelo Anthony to carry the team when the season resumes. It would be sad to see the Blazers miss the playoffs after the fun run they went on in 2019.