Damian Lillard puts Blazers' latest sweep in context

Tanya Simon
May 23, 2019

Golden State went on to earn a 119-117 series-clinching overtime win against the Trail Blazers to advance to their fifth straight NBA Finals.

Lillard recognizes the difference between them.

Portland Trail Blazers head coach Terry Stotts has agreed a new multi-year contract extension in the wake of the team's National Basketball Association playoff exit to the Golden State Warriors, the team said Tuesday. "It's really, really hard and so I just can't say enough about the competitive desire of the group of guys that we have here". Portland's problem, however, was that no lead was large enough against Golden State. In the playoffs, the team holds a 19-32 record. The Warriors rallied from a 17-point deficit in Game 2, from 18 down in Game 3 and from another 17-point deficit in Game 4. "This was more hard than it appeared".

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This year he led the team to their first Western Conference finals appearance since 2000. That included six points on 3-of-10 shooting in overtime Monday, when Blazers star Damian Lillard missed a corner 3-pointer in the final seconds that could have been the game victor.

Portland star Lillard, playing with painful separated ribs, finished with 28 points, while unheralded Meyers Leonard led the Trail Blazers with a career-high 30 points and 12 rebounds. There's more on the line. Don't tell Damian Lillard that his team proved so overmatched that it wouldn't have had a chance against Golden State at full-strength, though. "But it's definitely different". Andre Iguodala also missed Game 4 against the Trail Blazers with a leg injury.

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