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Damian Lillard
Damian Lillard
Position: G
Born: 07/15/90
Height: 6-3 / 1.91
Weight:194 lbs. / 88.4 kg.
Salary: $26,153,057
Sporting News: What is it mentally that makes you so comfortable in those clutch situations? Damian Lillard: I think, for one, it’s just the hard work that goes into being a successful athlete. I know in my heart that I actually put this time in, and I actually do what I say I do. I take a lot of confidence away from that. And I’m able to deal with having success or failing in those situations. My mind won’t change. I won’t have confidence issues. I’ll go home, and I’ll sleep, and I’ll wake up the next day and if the situation comes up again, I’ll want the ball again. But also, when you get to those last few minutes and the game is on the line regardless of how you’ve shot the ball in that game or how you played last game, there’s an opportunity to rise up and just show that you’re built for it. I love those situations.
DL: You’ve gotta trust yourself in those situations because teams are gonna know the plays. They’re going to be familiar with what’s happening. They’re going to be looking for what the coach told them to expect. And players gotta play. When the game is on the line and it’s time to get the job done, you have to be able to trust your instincts. If you’re out there thinking about “I don’t want to make this play” or “I don’t wanna get the ball stripped” or “I don’t want to make a turnover,” then that’s when you’re not going to have success in those situations.
SN: One final question, a fun hypothetical. Taking yourself out of the equation, if your team is down one and the clock is winding down, who would you want historically with the ball at the end of the game? DL: If I can’t have it be myself… Kobe (Bryant). SN: What made you go with Kobe? DL: Because you know Kobe could be 1-for-35, and that one shot, he’s going to shoot it like he was 34-for-35. If he makes it or misses it, it’s not going to change who he is or change his mentality.
The Blazers should have been good. And they weren’t. Now they are (again). So is this team different? The defense is. Entering the game against Golden State, Portland had posted the NBA’s second-best defensive rating since the All-Star break. Hours before the Blazers took on Golden State, I posed the question to Stotts. “After the All-Star break last year, Dame went on a tear,” Stotts told Yahoo Sports. “That’s the common denominator. It kind of got overlooked with Nurkic and him being on the team, and that was a big part of it, but Damian carried the load after the All-Star break last year and he’s doing it again now.”