Portland Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard has been receiving a lot of heat for his performance in the Western Conference Finals that saw them got swept by the Golden State Warriors. Dame struggled mightily against the Dubs, and the fact that he failed to score at least 30 points in any of the games is clear proof of that.

However, Meyers Leonard was quick to jump to the defense of his All-Star teammate, insisting that those criticisms on Lillard are unwarranted and even pointed out that critics need to watch more game film.

For anyone that thinks [Damian Lillard] should have been more productive, go watch the film,” leonard said, per Ben Golliver of Washington Post. “They throw lots of bodies at him. I just want to make sure the naysayers know how much of an impact he has and how great of a leader he is.”

Lillard constantly drew doubles the entire series, sometimes 35 feet from the basket. It was clear the Warriors' game plan was to get beat by any Blazer not named Lillard or C.J. McCollum. The defensive plan worked, and Portland never won a game.

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Meyers was right to defend his teammate, who clearly deserves praise for an excellent season.

Meyers, though, should also be commended for playing the game of his life in Game 4. He scored 30 points on only 16 shots, a career high. He made the Warriors pay several times for doubling their backcourt stars, draining open threes and mid-range jumpers.

While this loss hurts, the Blazers shouldn't be too upset about losing to a team that has only lost one seven-game series in five years. Besides, Portland has a tight-knit team and one of the best backcourts in the league.