Milwaukee Bucks superstar Damian Lillard admitted after Wednesday’s game against the Portland Trail Blazers that all the brouhaha surrounding his much-anticipated Portland homecoming was “draining.” He was the main focus of Wednesday’s showdown, which resulted in the Bucks losing out to the Blazers, 119-116.
Lillard didn’t have the best of games in this one, but it was far from a stinker. It was a relatively commendable effort from the 33-year-old, all things considered.
Milwaukee Bucks Coach Doc Rivers Comments on Damian Lillard Locking in on Blazers Game
There was A LOT for Dame to take in during the build-up of his return to his former stomping ground. According to Rivers, he completely understands how all the drama must have impacted Lillard’s ability to keep himself locked in on the actual game:
“You want him to enjoy that moment and then play really well,” Rivers said, via Jim Owczarski of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “That’s what you want. I can’t imagine how hard this must be to have focus. I really can’t.”
Lillard finished with 25 points on 9-of-23 shooting, which included 3-of-13 from beyond the arc. He also added six rebounds, seven assists, a steal, and four turnovers in 40 minutes of action.
It just wasn’t enough, though, as the Bucks suffered their second straight loss. Dame will want to come out with a better performance on Saturday against Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks.
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