Damian Lillard wants to go down as the best Blazers player ever
Damian Lillard is determined to go down as the best Portland Trail Blazers player of all-time and he’s well on his way to do so after delivering the second ever 30-point, 15-assist outing in franchise history in a 106-98 win over the Indiana Pacers on Monday.
Lillard joined Clyde Drexler as the only other player to achieve such feat
“It’s always an honor to be in elite company,” said Lillard after the game. “I always talk about wanting to go down as the best Blazer to play, I’m just happy I was about to do those things in a win.”
"I always talk about wanting to go down as the best Blazer to play. I’m just happy I was about to do those things in a win." @dame_lillard talks to @brookeolzendam after his historic performance in tonight's @biofreeze Top Performance Review. pic.twitter.com/Tpw7vIJ50g
— Trail Blazers (@trailblazers) March 19, 2019
Lillard will have plenty of time to prove his mettle over the years, but he must first navigate the rest of this 2018-19 season, likely without CJ McCollum, as chances are the organization will play it safe and sit him out until he has fully recovered from his knee injury.
With only 12 games left in the regular season, it will take plenty more on-court heroics from Lillard to keep the Blazers battling for a top-three spot in the West, especially with the hard-charging Houston Rockets ahead by a game and showing no signs of stopping the tear they’re riding down the stretch.
The Blazers will have a key four-game season capper — twice against the Denver Nuggets in a home-and-away scenario and then against the Los Angeles Lakers and the Sacramento Kings — two teams likely to miss out on the postseason altogether.