Goodness gracious. Let's rewind a second. August 8 against the Clippers Dame bricks two free throws in crunch time and the Clippers escape with a win. PatBev and Paul George loudly troll Dame in real life and over the world wide web. Damian Lillard proceeds to say:
Less than 24 hours later he drops 51 on the 76ers. Tonight? SIXTY ONE AMERICAN BASKETBALL POINTS. On a casual 17/32 from the floor including 9/17 from three and a PERFECT 18/18 from the charity stripe. If I'm the Lakers or Grizzlies or Suns I'm furious at Paul George and Patrick Beverley. Dame is always going to get his no matter what, even in the game he "struggled" against the Clippers he still left with a modest 22. He didn't need any extra motivation with the Blazers season on the line in every literal sense. Now, after pouring in 112 points over his last four quarters of play, the Portland Trailblazers have a win-and-get-in scenario against the lowly Brooklyn Nets. They'd still have to beat either the Suns or the Grizzlies to get IN in, with the Bubble's new playoff rule built exclusively with the hopes of Playoff Zion in mind. But that's no problem. This version of Damian Lillard doesn't appear to have any limit or laws of physics trying to get in his way at the moment.