Every player has its weakness and even Superman has a kryptonite. Well, it seems like Damian Lillard’s is facing the Los Angeles Clippers.
As a matter of fact, the Clippers are the team that does a better job of containing Dame D.O.L.L.A, according to Redditor BigBet0.
“No team plays Damian Lillard better FG% wise than the Clippers throughout Dame’s career. Damian Lillard has gone 5-28 and 1-14 from 3 in 67 minutes vs the Clippers this season,” he said, also sharing the boxscores of both games between Blazers and Clippers this season.
To put these numbers into context, we’re talking about a player who usually shoots 44.3% from the floor, 38% from beyond the arc, and 93.5% from the charity stripe. That’s an effective field goal percentage of 54.5% and a true shooting percentage of 61.8%.
The Los Angeles Clippers have one of the best defensive cores in the NBA featuring Patrick Beverley, Kawhi Leonard, and Paul George.
Also, we can rule out the fact that there’s some history between George and Lillard, so there’s also some extra motivation every time these two superstars meet.
The Portland Trail Blazers are currently sitting at a 30-20 record and the sixth spot in the Western Conference, whereas the Los Angeles Clippers have piled up a 34-18 record and are currently third in the same conference.
That means that should the playoffs start tomorrow, we’d get a Clippers vs. Blazers matchup in the first round, which is obviously terrible news for Lillard.
Then again, we’ve already seen Lillard take his game forward when it matters the most, while the Clippers have yet to prove that they have what it takes to get the job done in the postseason, and everything that goes around in the regular season is pointless once the playoffs begin. But for now, it seems like the Blazers would be wise to avoid Kawhi and company.