In the last six games, Lillard has only scored less than 47 points - playing rockets, only 36 points, with 10 rebounds and 11 assists - the first three pairs of his career. Six wins, five losses, and the lone ranger. The Pacers, the Rockets, the Lakers and the Jazz are the top 10 teams in the league.
Such a magnificent individual performance can not be described by the phenomenon level pale description. Lillard scored 52.7 points per game last week when he was best next week. But his first reaction after seeing the award notice was, the next game is going away, its not easy to play away. u2014u2014As a result, when he came to staples, Lillard was still the leading actor. He made a crazy break, shot three points, and made a blood run in the crowd, putting the ball into the basket on top of McGee and Danny green. 48 points, 9 rebounds and 10 assists, and the Blazers beat staples.
This must not be the story Lakers fans want to see, but it must also be a perfect tribute to Kobes way to win the damn victory.
Thats what he taught me, what weve been doing throughout our career, Lillard said of Kobe Bryant after the game. Hes the toughest competitor ever. I think what we can do is to pay our respects before the game and beat them with a higher level of competitiveness. Thats a tribute to my understanding.
He scored 19 points in the first half and 23 points in the third quarter. At the last moment, he killed the game with a Kobe Bryants iconic 20 foot backward jumper. He looked up at the stadium without expression, and the Los Angeles fans saw the Mamba.
I wont say that we are the winners, the memories we take away are sad, he said after the game, but the more active competitors will win, we need a win.
At present, Lillards personal performance may not be enough to compete for the best first team, but this months storm can at least let him join the discussion. However, compared with the success of the data, Lillard is more concerned about the situation of the team at this time. Now the Blazers are 23-27 in the ninth place in the West. Although its not good enough, its totally different from the situation a month and a half ago. At that time, the Blazers suffered five consecutive defeats, nearly 10 wins from the 50% winning rate, and everything is pointing to the bad situation.
Its very urgent, he told his teammates. We dont have room to continue to allow mistakes and losses. Come on, were going to win from now on.
So Lillard began to cut points from the lonely journey, which may be a kind of helplessness, when it is more a kind of awareness, after all, he has already expressed the state: if you have to make the best choice in every moment of playing basketball, the game will be boring.
But unlike Kobe Bryant, Lillard has been playing this have to be interesting game for five years. In 2015, with Aldridges complaint, the pioneers experienced a collective escape - Aldridge turned to the Spurs, Batum went to the Hornets, while Matthews and alfraro, whose contract expired, took the initiative to find new buyers after hearing about it, and center Robin Lopez also went to New York.
Its hard to specify whether Aldridge had planned or was forced to leave, but one thing is for sure: he didnt want to share the leadership of the team with Lillard. At that time, the whole world seemed to be waiting for Lillards jokes. But Lillard didnt leave the satirists long enough to make it to the playoffs that year. In his fourth year, he didnt have an all star, but he was finally selected as the second team of the league. He got the super top salary of Ross clause - the sudden death of former boss Paul Allen, which made Lillard the beneficiary. Portland was eager to keep the core stable, so Paul Allens Seahawk gave Russell Wilson the first salary of NFL, and also gave Lillard the first super contract with an annual salary of up to $50 million.
Betrayal and loyalty, money and victory - in this group of games, Lillard and the same level of thick eyebrows took two different paths, but for Lillard, it all came naturally. Hes also hysterical about winning, but hes just more willing to get it in the way he likes. In December 2019, he published an article called loyalty is more important than anything on the star forum, which is old-fashioned and even out of date
Maybe the team will change, thats the nature of business, but I will never. I dont want shortcuts. I want challenges.
In his team, Lillard limited the use of their own privileges, he will stop in the interview to break up the use of words, emphasizing that he is a point guard, in fact, this seasons field average 7.9 assists not only his career is the highest, but also ranked sixth in the league, the most recent four games, his assists are on the double, win all.
In fact, from the perspective of technical characteristics, compared with Kobe Bryant, Lillard is more like former No. 0 general arenas. They have a seriously underestimated first step breakthrough and the holding power of excellent passing. At the same time, the range without dead angle and the explosive power of scoring at any time and anywhere are all formidable to the opponent. The flamboyant arenas, wearing a golden wizards shirt, scored 60 points at Staples. And Lillard is more silent. He knows what he wants better.
Its not time to relax, he said. Were in the top eight.
He was the player who shot the most from a long distance this season, but threw a career high three-point shooting rate of 39.7%. So logolillard wrote in his nickname bar, but he preferred biggame day, the nonexistent stopwatch on his wrist after the ball of life and death. Unlike peoples impression, Lillard sometimes deliberately provokes his opponents and forces them to react anxiously. And in all his opponents, the most dramatic confrontation between the two sides is another No. 0, wesbrook.
That was the last time the Blazers played against the Rockets, on January 15. In the fourth quarter, the Blazers were 14 points ahead. Wesbrook stepped onto the free throw line, and Lillard was behind him, throwing a piece of rubbish.
You get 60% of the free throw. You cant get either.
Wesbrook was obviously provoked, impossible! He cried, I have 82%!
But in fact, 79% of wesbrook was really affected. He made a quick shot and missed the first goal.
50%. Said Lillard.
I said, youll remember that I was the last person you met in the playoffs.
Ill win you again. Said Lillard.
At that time, when they were in the northwest division, Lillard and Westbrook had already had a grudge. They often had quarrels on the court. Westbrook was always furious, and Lillard would put down a cruel word and walk away. When people asked how Lillard thought of Westbrook, he said only one word, playboy..
Two people have different basketball philosophy. In Lillards mind, they dont care who is around them and who is opposite. If they play as usual, they wont stop fighting if they can. In November, when he first played the rocket, he had back spasm, and then missed two games. After three consecutive defeats, he immediately came back, I cant use crutches, or I can play basketball.
But wesbrook always has top teammates around him. He prefers to study his own data. He has two amazing three double seasons and also won the MVP early.
But Lillard didnt think about it. He preferred to take the opponent in the face-to-face fight, just like those respected predecessors.
The pain and confusion of the Blazers are still there, and Lillards big contract is weakening them in another way. The new contract for two guns in the backcourt will pile up to 80 million in two years, and nurkiki, who has a broken leg, doesnt know when to return. One summer, the team pulled down the whole front line: Aminu, hackers, Turner, and the returned batesmore. So the teams front line is now Ariza and Anthony starting, and the substitutes are anfenni Simmons, Trent, two sophomores and the embarrassed hezonia. So the Blazers will always face the scene that the front line is repeatedly bullied by the whole league, and the physical fitness and even the game attitude of the two elders have been played question marks. Then what Lillard faces is probably that in the next half of the season, for the rotation of high-intensity defense of the whole league, there will still be more than 32.1 points of fire output - this is his average value in January.
Like Kobe Bryant, Lillard didnt wait to be fully prepared to play again, but always gave himself the motivation to force himself to charge. He said that he sometimes made some friction to make himself more willing to win.
After a game with the Rockets this season, Lillard took the initiative to walk over and take a picture of wesbrooks chest, pointing at the other side in front of the camera and saying, this is my buddy! And wesbrook said the same thing, this is my buddy!
We dont have hatred, said Lillard. Its just that his style is different. His game is very avant-garde. I still respect him. Its just that once were on the court, you get on me and I get on you, people will say that we lack respect for each other, that we dont like each other, its not right, I know how much I like Wesbrook. After a game, its a new day. They still cant take it lightly. Even if they are in the eighth place in the west, they need the current pioneers to be vigilant and watch the state of their competitors. They cant relax for a moment. And for Lillard, thats still his goal, to get into the playoffs and make some movement in the playoffs. I will not leave quietly, he said, forever. Source: Houchang village sports team Author: Li duo editor: Zhou Juntao, ns4573
We dont have hatred, said Lillard. Its just that his style is different. His game is very avant-garde. I still respect him.
Its just that once were on the court, you get on me and I get on you, people will say that we lack respect for each other, that we dont like each other, its not right, I know how much I like Wesbrook.
After a game, its a new day. They still cant take it lightly. Even if they are in the eighth place in the west, they need the current pioneers to be vigilant and watch the state of their competitors. They cant relax for a moment.
And for Lillard, thats still his goal, to get into the playoffs and make some movement in the playoffs.