Damian Lillard airs out his frustration with his and his team’s shooting from beyond the arc in a 40-point loss to the Dallas Mavericks.
Damian Lillard and the Portland TrailBlazers have been a borderline ‘Cinderella’ story these past 2 months with the way they have been playing. With CJ McCollum, Jusuf Nurkic and Zach Collins out in that timespan, Dame led a shorthanded Blazers team to a record of well over .500, keeping them afloat in the Western Conferences standings.
However, not every game can be a ‘come from behind’ victory off the back of Damian Lillard’s late-game heroics. Some games start off on a horrible note and end on an even worse one, something which Lillard and the squad haven’t been all too familiar with this season.
Portland faced off against the Dallas Mavericks a couple of nights ago. They went on a 9-0 run late in the 4th to steal the victory from the Mavs. Luka clearly wasn’t going to let a game slip away like that again, as he came out guns blazing last night.
Damian Lillard reacts to the Blazers getting blown out by 40 points
Luka Doncic was in his element the entire night, dropping 37 points on an incredible 8-9 shooting from beyond the arc. The difference-maker between the two teams was the 3-point shooting.
While the Mavs shot a scorching 51% from deep, the Blazers made just 9 of their 41 attempts from 3, making it nearly a 30% difference. Damian Lillard was less than pleased with the Blazers shooting as he took to his postgame presser to address it:
“We haven’t had one of those games in a while, but they came out and blew us away. It’s one of those game you get irritated by it, but it happens. Anytime me, CJ, and Melo go 0-16 from 3, we’re not going to have much of a chance.”
Damian Lillard: “We haven’t had one of these games in a while, but they came out and blew us away. It’s one of those games where you get irritated by it, but it happens.”
— Sean Highkin (@highkin) March 22, 2021
If a team is not an undeniable favorite in a set of two games, it’s difficult for one of those teams to go 2-0 in that time span, regardless of homecourt advantage.
The Blazers fell victim to this ideology as they split the baseball-style series 1-1. Damian Lillard and co look to bounce back Tuesday night against James Harden and the Brooklyn Nets.