Damian Lillard PG POR 3 Days
Damian Lillard hit a couple clutch free throws to help Portland earn a 106-102 victory on Monday, scoring 26 points with six boards, two assists, two blocks and two 3-pointers in 37 minutes.
He's now shooting 90.7 percent from the line on 5.4 attempts per game. Chris Paul, Kevin Martin and Lillard are the only three players in the NBA to shoot at least 90 percent from the line with at least 5.0 attempts per game. He still hasn't had his short-range shots to fall in his sophomore season. Last year, he shot 49.3 percent on shots from within 16 feet, but this year he's down to just 39.0 percent. In other words, there could be even better things on the way.
Damian Lillard PG POR 4 Days
Damian Lillard bounced back from Wednesday's relatively quiet game to score 26 points and hand out nine assists vs. L.A. on Sunday.
That's more like it. He made four 3-pointers and went 8-of-9 at the free throw line, with five rebounds, one steal and one block in 38 minutes. He's been automatic all season, returning steady third-round value in eight- and nine-cat leagues, and Terry Stotts is playing him 37 minutes per game despite the presence of a healthy Mo Williams (nine points in 24 minutes) off the bench.
Damian Lillard PG POR 8 Days
Damian Lillard scored 16 points, but handed out a season-low one assist in Wednesday's loss to the Suns.
He did hit three 3-pointers and 5-of-12 shots, but he was bamboozled by Goran Dragic tonight. Lillard is having a phenomenal year and is only going to get better, so don't be discouraged by tonight's fluke. Having said that, you might be surprised to know he hasn't had a double-digit assist game yet this season, so it makes sense that he's about to get one in a bounce back from tonight's dud.
Damian Lillard PG POR 12 Days
Damian Lillard shot 6-of-20 from the field for 20 points with nine assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in 36 minutes against the Warriors on Saturday.
He still hasn't quite hit his stride yet, but the consistency is there with at least two 3-pointers in six straight and scoring at least 19 in five in a row. Lillard has struggled at finishing around the basket this year, making just 43.9 percent in the restricted area -- down from 52.5 percent last year -- which hurts considering shot from that range account for 29.3 percent of all of his attempts. The reigning rookie of the year should be viewed as a top-10 point guard in fantasy leagues for his durability and scoring potential.
Damian Lillard PG POR 18 Days
Damian Lillard scored 25 points against the Raptors on Sunday to go with five boards, eight assists, one steal and three 3-pointers on 10-of-22 shooting.
He hasn't been clicking on offense to this point, making 38.4 percent of his shots before this outing. His main problem has been scoring at close range, but besides that he's been fine. In fact, his 38.9 percent on shots from within eight feet is way down from the 50.0 percent he made from that range in his rookie season. Lillard should be fine and is one of the best offensive point guards in the NBA.
Damian Lillard PG POR 20 Days
Damian Lillard scored 17 points vs. the Celtic on Friday to go with two boards, four assists and two 3-pointers in 31 minutes.
He is up to 212 career 3-pointers in his 91 games, which is the highest total in NBA players in their first 100 outings. Lillard's perimeter game has been the culprit to his woeful shooting this season, but that was one of his strengths last year. He should be able to rebound sooner rather than later.
Damian Lillard PG POR 22 Days
Damian Lillard broke down some shoddy Phoenix defense late on Wednesday and cruised to the hoop for an uncontested game-winning layup against the Suns.
He hit just 4-of-13 shots and didn't hit a 3-pointer, finishing with 11 points, eight dimes and two steals. After starting off the season as hot as any point guard in the league, he's cooled off, hitting just 12-of-44 shots in his last three games, and averaging 13 points and six assists over that stretch. He'll bounce back, but if you have your eye on Lillard, now is the time to target him in a trade.
Damian Lillard PG POR 26 Days
Damian Lillard cooled off in a big way on Saturday, hitting just 1-of-15 shots for four points, six rebounds and six assists in a win over the Kings.
The fact the Blazers won despite such a poor night from Lillard says a lot about the Kings, as Wesley Matthews, LaMarcus Aldridge, Nicolas Batum and Robin Lopez all stepped up on a night when Lillard couldn't throw it in the ocean. Lillard has been one of the best point guards in fantasy this season, and tonight's brutal line should just mean he comes back strong against the Pistons on Monday.
Damian Lillard PG POR 27 Days
Damian Lillard is the only NBA player to ever record 100 points, 25 rebounds, 25 assists, and 20 3-pointers in his team's first 5 games.
The reigning NBA Rookie of the Year is putting up a sophomore campaign for the ages. Remember, last year he joined Oscar Robertson and Allen Iverson as the only rookies to notch at least 1,500 points and 500 assists. He also broke Stephen Curry's rookie record for 3-pointers made, with 185. If you don't already own Lillard, it will take some significant trade bait to acquire him.
Damian Lillard PG POR 30 Days
Damian Lillard shot 7-of-17 from the field for 22 points with four boards, five assists and four 3-pointers in 42 minutes against the Rockets on Tuesday.
He just had some bad luck around the basket tonight, but he kept his hot shooting from downtown going, making 4-of-9 from deep. Lillard looks even better this season and it's become abundantly clear that last year was no fluke.