Friday, January 28 2022

Anthony Slater: The Blazers would love to have him. (Damian) Lillard has been obsessed with getting him there for a while. Late last season, they went 15-5 down the stretch, and they went small without Wiseman, which fits Draymond. His foot healed, his conditioning was back, the stakes were back. Green kind of needs high stakes basketball to care. He always kind of stinks when his team stinks because he just stops caring.
Source: Michael Scotto @ HoopsHype

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

Chris Palmer @ChrisPalmerNBA
Forgot to mention Kevin Johnson. He was dynamite. An early Dame Lillard. AM

Draymond Green @Money23Green
The Chuck Guarantee has seemingly turned the corner. Bucks now Braves. – 12:05 AM

Draymond Green @Money23Green
Mikal a helluva defender – 10:58 PM

Jorge Sierra @hoopshype
What’s your level of concern about Damian Lillard’s play? PM

Aaron J. Fentress @AaronJFentress
In four losses, Lillard shot a combined 4 of 40 (10%) on threes. In the Blazers’ three wins, Lillard went a combined 11 of 25 (44%) on threes. – 1:48 PM

Chris Biderman @TheWarriorsWire
Draymond Green is a big fan of the NBA rule change that has made it harder for offensive players to draw fouls.…1:00 PM

Sean Highkin @highkin
At @BleacherReport: Damian Lillard has earned the benefit of the doubt amid the worst shooting stretch of his career…12:13 PM

Anthony Slater @anthonyVslater
Sat down with Draymond Green to discuss his increased offensive aggression.
“When a lane is there, take the lane. When a layup is there, take the layup. When a shot is there, take the shot. Not overthinking too much. Be who I can be.”…11:10 AM

Dwight Jaynes @dwightjaynes
And you can say all you want about the Trail Blazers so far, but the fact is, Damian Lillard is shooting 34.9 percent from the field and 23.1 from three-point range. Until those numbers get where they are supposed to be, wins aren’t going to be easy. Patience. – 10:56 AM

Sirius XM NBA @SiriusXMNBA
Will we see Damian Lillard in a Sixers jersey soon?
@Frank Isola & @Brian Scalabrine react to the fans in Philly chanting for Damian Lillard last night AM

Kurt Helin @basketballtalk
Three things to know: Damian Lillard continues to struggle, as does Portland…9:16 AM

Jason Quick @jwquick
On the Damian Lillard Experience, which he showed once again Monday is more than points, big shots and late-game dramatics.
It’s about a mindset and a promise that greatness is waiting around the corner.…8:49 AM

Kurt Helin @basketballtalk
76ers fans chant “we want Lillard,” after game he responds “I’m 10 toes in Rip City”…7:50 AM

Mike Richman @mikegrich
Damian Lillard is getting to the line at a career-low rate. He’s averaging 3.9 free throw attempts per game, down from 7+ the last 2 yrs. Huge drop off in number of shooting fouls he’s drawing, per @Ben Falk AM

Tim Bontemps @TimBontemps
New ESPN story: Damian Lillard is off to the worst start of his career. But he remains confident things will turn around — and said after Monday’s loss to the shorthanded 76ers that enduring these struggles is a sign of “true character.”…12:01 AM

Jason Quick @jwquick
Lillard on the “We want Lillard”chants tonight in Philadelphia: “I’ve got 10 toes in Rip City.” – 10:19 PM

Chris Mannix @SIChrisMannix
Lillard on the cheers and chants from the Philly crowd. “I’m a Trail Blazer … I’m ten toes in Rip City.” – 10:03 PM

Chris Mannix @SIChrisMannix
Lillard on the chants from the Philadelphia crowd, “the City of Brotherly Love … they showed me love.” – 9:56 PM

Tas Melas @TasMelas
Sometimes Georges Niang scores more points than Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum in a basketball game. – 9:21 PM

Kyle Neubeck @KyleNeubeck
Tired: Beating the Blazers to convince Lillard to force a trade to Philly
Wired: Beating the Blazers without three starters to convince Lillard to request a trade to Philly…9:20 PM

Tim Bontemps @TimBontemps
Final: Sixers 113, Blazers 103. What a wild game. Four starters out, “We Want Lillard” chants in the arena, and Philly wins anyway. This loss hurts for Portland. Damian Lillard finishes with 20 points and 10 assists, but shot just 7-for-20 from the field and 2-for-9 from 3. – 9:14 PM

Rich Hoffman @rich_hofmann
To recap the Sixers’ day: Joel Embiid sits out, Tobias Harris in health and safety protocols, Danny Green hurt hamstring, still no Ben Simmons, fans chanting “We want Lillard!” all night, all sorts of weirdness.
They beat the full-strength Blazers by 10. Remarkable performance. – 9:13 PM

Chris Mannix @SIChrisMannix
Blazers down the stretch going four guards (Lillard, McColllum, Powell and Simons) and Nurkic. Not one I’ve seen Chauncey Billups go to often. – 9:05 PM

Gina Mizell @ginamizell
Here comes Dame. – 9:05 PM

Tim Bontemps @TimBontemps
Damian Lillard is showing some signs of life. Now two straight driving layups, including an and-one layup here, to get Portland back within 5. Somehow, though, this shorthanded Sixers team is hanging onto the lead. – 9:03 PM

Gina Mizell @ginamizell
Another and-1 for Niang, takin advantage of the much smaller Lillard guarding him. He’s got 18 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists. His career-high in scoring is 24. – 8:55 PM

Tim Bontemps @TimBontemps
Damian Lillard checks back in with 8:50 to go and the Blazers down 91-88. Would be a fine time for him to finally get going after a rough first three quarters. Portland was down as many as 12, but has made this a one-possession game with a late surge. – 8:51 PM

Ky Carlin @Ky_Carlin
It’s so strange to see Damian Lillard missing so many 3s. These are shots he normally makes in his sleep. – 8:15 PM

Jason Quick @jwquick
Lillard from field this season:
Phoenix 6-of-11
At LAC 4-of-15
Memphis 6-of-22
LAC 9-of-17
At Char 5-of-20
At Phil 2-of-11 (first half)
That’s 33% FG. He’s 14-of-63 on 3-pointers (22.2%)
Don’t think I’ve ever seen such drastic and prolonged slump from him. – 8:09 PM

Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Who cursed Damian Lillard? Halloween is over. You can lift that mess now. – 8:06 PM

Tim Bontemps @TimBontemps
Halftime here in Philly, with the Sixers leading 54-53. Dame Lillard’s season-long cold streak continues, as he’s now 2-for-11 in the first half, and 1-for-7 from 3. Seth Curry leads a balanced Philly attack with 10 points. Sixers have had all 10 players score, but have no FTAs. – 8:01 PM

Rich Hoffman @rich_hofmann
Improbably, Sixers lead 54-53 at the half. Big reason is that Lillard is 2-11 from the field and 1-8 from deep. Sixers took zero free throws, though they did get some easy shots at the rim with ball movement. All ten Sixers scored at least one bucket. – 8:01 PM

Gina Mizell @ginamizell
Halftime: Sixers 54, Blazers 53
Good Sixers things: Lillard and McCollum are a combined 7-of-25 from the floor and 3-of-14 from 3.
Bad Sixers thing: They have not shot a free throw.
Good sportswriter thing: That half was less than an hour (so prep for five OTs) – 8:00 PM

Bobby Marks @BobbyMarks42
Damian Lillard is now 3-29 from 3 on the road.
11-34 at home – 8:00 PM

Tim Bontemps @TimBontemps
After missing another wide open 3-pointer, Damian Lillard put his hands on his knees and shook his head. He’s now 1-for-8 overall and 1-for-5 from 3 in this game. For the season, he’s now shooting 33.3 percent from the field and 22.9 percent (14-for-61) from 3-point range. – 7:54 PM

Chris Mannix @SIChrisMannix
Lillard’s bizarre shooting struggles have continued into the first half of this one. Now 1-6 from the floor, 1-3 from three. Entered the game shooting 23.2% from three. – 7:52 PM

Casey Holdahl @CHold
I don’t think Dame is down, but I do think he’s at a loss. Some of these misses are inexplicable. – 7:51 PM

Ky Carlin @Ky_Carlin
Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum are shooting a combined 2/11 through 1 quarter. Philly leads it 27-21 after 1. Seth Curry has 7 and Andre Drummond has 6 and 8. #Sixers7:33 PM

The Vertical @YahooSportsNBA
“We want Lillard!” chants break out in Philly 🙃
(via @NBCSPhilly) PM

Ky Carlin @Ky_Carlin
Fans here are actively rooting for Damian Lillard to have a big night. Every time Lillard touches the ball, there are a few fans that go are up and cheering for him. #Sixers7:22 PM

Chris Mannix @SIChrisMannix
A “We Want Lillard” chant has broken out in Philadelphia. – 7:15 PM

Gina Mizell @ginamizell
“We want Lillard!” chants happening now as Dame shoots free throws. – 7:15 PM

Casey Holdahl @CHold
A “WE WANT LILLARD” chant breaks out… while he’s at the foul line. THE THIRST. – 7:15 PM

Ky Carlin @Ky_Carlin
A standing ovation and loud cheers for Damian Lillard as he’s introduced tonight. Philly fans really wanna woo him here. #Sixers7:04 PM

Rich Hoffman @rich_hofmann
lolololol, the fans did the “sucks” chant after every player and then Dame Lillard got all cheers – 7:03 PM

Casey Holdahl @CHold
Four out of the five starters get the standard Philly “SUCKS!” treatment except for Dame, who gets a strong round of applause… – 7:03 PM

Justin Grasso @JGrasso_
Loud cheers from #Sixers fans as Damian Lillard gets introduced tonight #Blazers7:03 PM

Gina Mizell @ginamizell
Dame Lillard gets lots of cheers when introduced as part of the Blazers’ starting lineup. – 7:03 PM

Kyle Neubeck @KyleNeubeck
Loud ovation for Damian Lillard during lineup intros. No boos. – 7:03 PM

Jon Johnson @jonjohnsonwip
Advice to Sixers fans in attendance tonight: In pregame intros, give Damian Lillard a standing ovation. – 6:23 PM

Chris Biderman @TheWarriorsWire
Draymond Green is a big fan of the NBA rule change that has made it harder for offensive players to draw fouls.…6:00 PM

Tom Moore @TomMoorePhilly
The #Blazers’ Damian Lillard shooting pregame 3-pointers Monday: PM

Justin Grasso @JGrasso_
Dame Lillard gearing up for his matchup against the #Sixers tonight PM

Tom Moore @TomMoorePhilly
#Sixers coach Doc Rivers on the #Blazers’ starting backcourt of Lillard and McCollum: ‘You rarely see guards who can make plays for themselves and others.’ – 5:20 PM

Casey Holdahl @CHold
Von just got traded, Shump is on Dancing with the Stars and Dame is still Dame…12:51 PM

Bobby Marks @BobbyMarks42
Trending down
Damian Lillard from 3 in losses: 2/31
Giving free points away: 13 teams below 75% FT
Houston in the 1H: -40 in last 2G
Jayson Tatum FGA: 3 games of 28+ (2 last year) – 9:27 AM

Chris Biderman @TheWarriorsWire
Draymond Green is a big fan of the NBA rule change that has made it harder for offensive players to draw fouls.…8:11 AM

Keith Pompey @PompeyOnSixers
Give ‘Em To Me! I want your predictions for today’s #Sixers vs. #Blazers game. I want the winner, final score and point totals for Joel Embiid and Dame Lillard. #NBA #PhilaUnite #76ers #Philly – 7:18 AM

Jason Quick @jwquick
Another poor shooting night for Damian Lillard, who goes 5-for-20 from the field and 2-of-14 from 3-point range. He did have 12 assists but is now shooting 23.2 percent from 3-point range (13-of-56). – 9:19 PM

Aaron J. Fentress @AaronJFentress
This Lillard shooting thing is weird. He scored 14 points on 5-of-20 shooting while going 2 of 14 on threes during a 125-113 loss at the Hornets. – 9:15 PM

Rob Perez @WorldWideWob
currently working on a project spotlighting the surge in Take Fouls and look at this one from last night. Draymond runs around like a Mario Kart red shell trying to make contact with a Thunder player and give one, eventually succeeds, wipes Kenrich Williams 3 off the board. woof. PM

Justin Kubatko @jkubatko
📅 On this day in 2012, #NBA75 member Damian Lillard had 23 points and 11 assists in his NBA debut with the @Portland Trail Blazers.
Lillard is one of only four player in NBA history to record at least 20 points and 10 assists in his first career game. PM

The Vertical @YahooSportsNBA
Draymond’s a big fan of the new NBA rules limiting foul calls on non-basketball moves, he told reporters last night 🗣 PM

Anthony Slater @anthonyVslater
Draymond Green is a regular user of the take foul in transition to stop fastbreaks, which some are pushing to be legislated out to improve flow.
Green: “I’m all for (legislating it out), but until they change it, I’m going to use it, for sure.” PM

Anthony Slater @anthonyVslater
Draymond Green: “Can I also say how satisfying it’s been to watch the game of basketball without all those bullshit fouls?” PM

Kurt Helin @basketballtalk
Draymond Green loves watching NBA “without all those bulls*** calls”…12:05 PM

StatMuse @statmuse
Last year’s top scorers haven’t been scoring as much this season.
Steph: 32.0 ➡️ 28.7
Beal: 31.3 ➡️ 24.4
Dame: 28.8 ➡️ 19.2
Joel: 28.5 ➡️ 21.0
Luka: 27.7 ➡️ 22.4
LaVine: 27.4 ➡️ 25.5
Spida: 26.4 ➡️ 22.0
Jokic: 26.4 ➡️ 24.0
Book: 25.6 ➡️ 22.6
Trae: 25.3 ➡️ 22.3
Fox: 25.2 ➡️ 19.4 AM

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