4) Bubble Lillard delivers
As the end of the 2020 NBA season neared, the Portland Trail Blazers were on the cusp of playoff contention. With the weight of an entire city’s hopes on his shoulders, Lillard stepped up in a manner few could replicate.
In a crucial game against the Dallas Mavericks, Dame delivered what can only be described as an offensive tour de force. He erupted for 61 points, orchestrating a 134-131 win. This Herculean effort showcased Dame’s scoring prowess and propelled the Blazers to the eighth spot in the fiercely competitive Western Conference.
But Lillard wasn’t done. The NBA’s inaugural Play-In tournament presented another challenge, and once again, Dame showcased his clutch gene.
Facing the young and energetic Memphis Grizzlies, Lillard demonstrated his all-around skills. He poured in 31 points and dished out 10 assists, which proved pivotal in the Blazers’ 126-122 win. This performance ensured Portland’s place in the playoffs, further solidifying Lillard’s reputation as one of the game’s premier performers, especially when the stakes are at their highest.