Blazers star Damian Lillard teases taking half-court shots regularly, CJ McCollum reacts
Portland Trail Blazers star guard Damian Lillard is looking to add a new dimension to his shotmaking abilities, and that could include taking half-court shots in games on the regular. The former Weber State standout was recently seen practicing the long-range shots at training camp, and he said Tuesday “it’s very possible” he fires away from way back there in games, according to Aaron Fentress of The Oregonian.
Lillard even said he has already told Blazers head coach Terry Stotts he’s “going to do it.”
The Oakland native has the utmost confidence in his game as he continues to put in the work:
“I work on my game,” he said. “I adjust the things that I feel like I could do better. But the things that I do well I just keep getting better at. I spend time doing it and I try to expand on that and add things.”
Lillard’s Blazers running mate in CJ McCollum reacted to Lillard’s recent claim:
“I mean, he’s got the range,” McCollum said. “He’s been close. I think he’s smart enough to know when to do something like that and when not to.
The five-time All-Star has been one of the deadliest shooters in the NBA since he first entered the league with the Blazers back in 2012. He can also shoot from beyond the arc in pressure situations, highlighted by multiple series-winning shots in the playoffs.
Just this past season, Lillard helped lead the Blazers on an exhilarating run in the NBA bubble to reach the playoffs. His scoring outbursts and long-range mastery were the talk of the bubble almost every night as Portland made its charge. The Blazers’ run was eventually halted when they met the eventual champion Los Angeles Lakers in the first round of the playoffs, losing in five games after winning Game 1.
After coming up short, Damian Lillard and the rest of the Blazers are raring to get back in action and aim for a better campaign in 2020-21. Portland made some key offseason moves, and now it seems as if Dame will be showcasing a new weapon to make him even harder to stop.