It looks like Damian Lillard is finally earning the respect he deserves after his recent performances in the bubble, leading his Portland Trail Blazers to big wins over great rivals, on their way to snap that 8th seed that, until yesterday, belonged to the Memphis Grizzlies. The job is not done for them, but the Blazers have a very good chance to make the postseason if they beat the Brooklyn Nets and then win their play-in game.
Dame is confident he can get the job done and lead his team to have a long playoff run, even though the rivals will be extremely hard. That doesn't matter to the All-Star point guard, whose focus is on the big trophy, the Larry O'Brien.
Following his 61-point game against the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday night, Lillard spoke about his ambition with his team and his desire to win a championship with the Blazers.
"The grass ain't always greener," Lillard said. "For me, I feel like we can build something and get it done in Portland. I really believe that. I don't just say it to say it."
This man has been one of the most loyal players in the league in recent years. Lillard has always stated he wants to lead this team to win a 'ship instead of going somewhere else and pair with another star to chase a ring. The task is extremely difficult for him this year; if they make the cut, LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers will be waiting for them and after that, the path won't get any easy.
Lillard is inspired, that's true, yet it remains to be seen if this momentum is enough to beat the Lakers and the rest of the Western Conference.