With his 182nd 3 pointer of the season, Damian Lillard set a new Portland record for 3 pointers made in a single season. The record was previously held by Damon Stoudamire, who made 181 in the 2004-2005 season. Keep in mind that Stoudamire did this as a seasoned veteran, so seeing Lillard one-up him as a rookie is truly remarkable. In all likelihood, Lillard will break his own record in seasons to come, setting the bar higher and higher.
Despite this late season slump for the limping Blazers (0-12), Damian has had an unbelievable rookie year. On April 1st Lillard broke the rookie 3 point record (previously held by Stephen Curry), on April 10th Lillard scored a career high 38 points against the Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers, and this summer he will be (probably unanimously) named Rookie of the Year.
As Damian piles up the accolades, Portland fans can rest easy knowing that their future is bright with Lillard at the helm. He has shown to be a prolific scorer, a poised facilitator, and a crowd favorite. One has to wonder how many records will be his by the time he is in his 11th season. With just one game left, against the Golden State Warriors, Lillard sits at a staggering 183 treys on the year and looks to increase that number.
Admittedly, Portland has been circling the drain for weeks, but it’s nice to know that we won’t be flushed from the playoffs for long. I’d say we should focus on one game at a time to snap this cold streak in the meantime, but there is only one game left, so that kind of goes without saying. The big question is, can the Blazers rally behind their record-setting leader and make the Garden roar one last time?