I love watching the NBA Playoffs because it is the time in the season when most players give their very best, they play very hard, and lots of magic happens. Last night the world witnessed greatness asDamian Lillard destroyed the Oklahoma Thunder with a 37-foot shot as the buzzer expired. It was magnificent! This shot gave him 50 points in this game and elevated his team to the second round of the NBA Playoffs. Check out the video above which shows Lillard shooting and making three-point shots throughout the game. You can see his 37-foot shot at the 4:23 mark.
As Lillard made the defeating shot, the entire arena went apeshit! I could feel the energy through the screen as I watched in just as much excitement seeing him in his much deserved glory. I feel like Lillard is underrated, but it is all about timing. Kobe Bryant told us years ago that Lillard is “one of the best players in the league.” After he made the winning shot, he simply waved goodbye to the Oklahoma Thunder. His teamed crowded around him as he calmly gave a grimey, savage look to the world as if he were saying “I’m not new to this, I’m true to this. Now sit back and watch me work!”
Lillard displayed great humility as he and The Portland Trail Blazers earned their win. Throughout this first round of the playoffs, the Oklahoma Thunder has won only one game, and after winning that one game, they became a bit proud, displaying arrogance. According to ESPN, Lillard responded to that by saying, “I think after Game 3, Dennis Schroder was out there pointing to his wrist, they was out there doing all these celebrations and doing all these stuff. We kept our composure and after one win that’s what they decided to do. And we was just like, ‘OK, what we want to do is win four games.’ And then when we win those four games there’s not going to be nothing to talk about. So that’s what that was.” “There’s been a lot of back and forth, a lot of talk and all this stuff, and that was the last word. That was having the last word.”
I absolutely love his response. You don’t always have to talk about it, just be about it. Actions speak much more louder than words. I am so happy for Lillard, who’s only 28 years young and making history. He should have been receiving accolades, but he and his team has fought the good fight and his time has arrived. Last year was a disappointment for the team as they experienced and dealt with the embarrassment of a major sweep in the first round, so beating the Thunder is quite an accomplishment and worth celebrating. According to ESPN, Lillard says, “You gotta go through some stuff. “We had some failures. Some challenges and I think I’ve had success in the postseason, and last year we had the ultimate failure. I think when you experience those things, you’re just built for it. I think that’s the first thing, and the second is just putting the time in. Everybody says they put the time in, but when everything is on the line the truth comes out. And that’s what happened tonight.” Can you say 2019 Most Valuable Player?