When Damian Lillard retreated to his Lake Oswego home d…

When Damian Lillard retreated to his Lake Oswego home during the All-Star Break last month, he did more than just rest his aching body. He healed a troubled mind, and worried heart. As much as the Trail Blazers’ 23-33 record at the time was bothering him, so too was a family matter that touched him to his core. “If it’s really in my heart, it’s going to weigh on me, consume me,’’ Lillard said while touching his chest.
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A series of marijuana incidents and being scrutinized under the lens of a No. 2 pick, Beasley suggests, has prevented the 28-year-old old from getting his due on the court. “It’s exactly the reason,’’ Beasley said. “People meet me. First thing they say: “You’re totally different than I thought you are. A large part of my career is due to perception, what people think what I am or should be. My past is my past. They keep harping on it.
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