Tired of watching Damian Lillard drive to the rim only to be stuffed like a mushroom on the dunk attempt? I am. Lillard is a spectacular player, but I’ll readily admit that finishing with a rim rocker isn’t his specialty (let’s not pretend Oladipo’s savage denial last week was an isolated incident). However; in the third quarter of Portland’s 108-96 victory over Cleveland, he was able to deliver something truly special with the help of teammates LaMarcus Aldridge and Nicolas Batum.
Damian Lillard dropped the ball off with Nicolas Batum at the top, then circled around a LaMarcus Aldridge screen on the weak side. This allowed him to shed Kyrie Irving with ease, while Anderson Varejao stayed high to keep a body on LaMarcus Aldridge—leaving the backdoor open. Lillard’s finish was as emphatic as it was surprising.
How many teams can execute a flawless small forward to point guard alley oop? The list ends with Portland and OKC (maybe Philly, but having a 6’6” point guard helps). It really shows how well this Portland team works together. Lillard lacks Westbrook explosiveness and Carter-Williams height, but he has the teammates to make the impossible effortless anyway.