Damian Lillard’s initial reaction to playing a game without fans, NBA suspension
Portland Trail Blazers All-Star Damian Lillard joined Chiney Ogwumike on Instagram Live on Saturday for a coronavirus quarantine stream. The two hit on a bunch of topics, including how Lillard is keeping busy and his initial reaction to the prospect of playing games without fans in attendance.
Lillard said it’s “kind of weird” being at home instead of making “that playoff push,” adding that he is a “stay-at home dad right now” that is “running out of stuff to do.”
Dame said the league warned the Blazers on March 10 that their matchup with the Memphis Grizzlies slated for the following night could be played in an empty Moda Center. Portland (29-37) is currently trailing Memphis (32-33) by 3.5 games for the eighth seed in the Western Conference, so Lillard said he was particularly “geared up” for that game.
“I was like ‘Damn. No fans, That’s gonna be weird.’ How are we gonna have energy and be excited about it?” Lillard shared.
Not long after the NBA’s warning, though, that the league suspended its regular season after Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert tested positive for COVID-19. Damian Lillard recalled the Blazers getting word.
“A couple hours later, they were like, ‘Shootaround canceled, no game tomorrow…the rest of the week is suspended’…But even in my mind after that we gonna end up making for this games up maybe next week or something,” the 29-year-old guard shared.
Check out the full discussion between Chiney and Dame here.