The NBA Dribbled Out

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My cousin was at this game last night, but the only thing I enjoyed about New York’s 105-90 loss in Portland was J.R. Smith splitting Lamarcus Aldridge and Damian Lillard on this pick and roll and dunking the ball with authoritah. Everything else sucked, including Raymond Felton’s entire return to the Northwest. Actually, SB Nation’s “Dropping on ‘Em" tracker was hysterical:

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Annnnd, so was this:

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OK, all was not lost, except the idea the Knicks are contenders for the Eastern Conference throne. 

In the first half last night, Damian Lillard was 3/9 from the field, including 2/5 from long range, for a total of 8 points. That’s not bad for a half’s work. But in front of his home town crowd in the Bay, he exploded in the second half. After missing his first two shots in the third, he hit 12 of 13, before having his last attempt blocked. He finished with 29 second half points to get the Trail Blazers back into the game. All told, he scored a career high 37 points, but the Warriors hung on to win 103-97. 

Whether it’s Kobe going back to Philadelphia or Carmelo heading across the East River to Brooklyn, playing in front of a crowd where you were born can lead to exceptional moments. If you think Lillard was losing ground to Anthony Davis and the streaking Hornets for ROY honors, you didn’t see him become unconscious from the field in the second half.

Here are all his field goals during the second half run. Keep in mind, they came (mostly) consecutively, he missed his first two in the third, and one with 5 minutes left in the fourth before getting his last 3 attempt blocked by Draymond Green. His home town friends and family, congregated in a luxury suite at Oracle Arena, were going bizzerk. 

The video is set to Del the Funky Homosapian’s “Hoodz come in dozens,” (b/c he hit 12 shots during his remarkable run). 

#DamianLillard4ROY

For my cuz in Portland, Eric. You got a special one with this kid. Even though he shot poorly tonight, he still managed to accrue a double-double. 


“That’s the worst part about all of the injuries and the criticism. It would be one thing if I had been healthy for five years and just sucked when I was on the court. But I can’t prove what I can do because I can’t stay healthy. Not having control over the situation makes it tough.”
-Greg Oden

Go read Mark Titus’ thoughtful interview with Greg Oden right now 
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That’s the worst part about all of the injuries and the criticism. It would be one thing if I had been healthy for five years and just sucked when I was on the court. But I can’t prove what I can do because I can’t stay healthy. Not having control over the situation makes it tough.”

-Greg Oden

Go read Mark Titus’ thoughtful interview with Greg Oden right now 

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Portland Trail Blazer commentater, Mike Rice, the only commentator in NBA history to be ejected from a game.
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Portland Trail Blazer commentater, Mike Rice, the only commentator in NBA history to be ejected from a game.

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