Denver is doing its greatest to decelerate Damian Lillard.
The Path Blazers star spoke concerning the Nuggets’ method Sunday after Portland’s 116-112 loss. Based on Lillard, the No. 2 seed within the Western Convention is making an attempt to make him a “passive” participant, and he cannot permit that.
“I feel it is apparent they’re making an attempt to indicate our bodies and make me play within the crowd, discover the open man,” Lillard informed reporters. “And that is what I am making an attempt to do. Making an attempt to see the place the assistance is coming from, see the place the opposite man is coming from, make that play and nonetheless simply discover a solution to be aggressive.
“Simply do not allow them to flip me right into a passive participant,” Lillard continued. “I can positively see that they are making an attempt to be a little bit extra aggressive and have extra our bodies round me.”
Lillard made what’s, arguably, the largest shot of the 2019 playoffs when he knocked down a 37-footer to remove the Thunder within the first spherical. The four-time All-Star was electrical in opposition to Oklahoma Metropolis, and he is nonetheless averaging a little bit greater than 27 factors per recreation in opposition to the Nuggets. However, Denver is not giving him the seems to be he has gotten previously.
Lillard has been ridiculously environment friendly capturing deep 3-pointers within the postseason, however Path Blazers coach Terry Stotts says the Nuggets are limiting his possibilities to launch them.
“I feel they’re choosing him up fairly excessive (on protection),” Stotts stated. The (3-pointers) should be open. For Dame an open three is an efficient three. They’re choosing him up throughout half courtroom. They are not giving him numerous house. So I do not suppose those self same three’s are there.”
Lillard completed with 28 factors in Sport 4. The Path Blazers and Nuggets are tied at 2-2 and can face off Tuesday in Denver in Sport 5.