Damian Lillard put up a fantastic performance against the Houston Rockets, having a career-high 71-point game. His performance last night was also a franchise-high from a Blazers player. Lillard has been arguably the best player for the Blazers for the last 10 years. He had the support of CJ McCollum, who was later traded out of the Blazers. This move meant that Lillard would be the center of a rebuild.
With the entire roster of the Blazers changing, Dame considered his future with them. Despite his chances of ever lifting an NBA title coming down, he stuck with them. The Blazers drafted Lillard 6th overall in the 2012 NBA Draft. Since then he has been with them and led them to 8 consecutive post-season runs. Which eventually came to an end when the franchise decided to undergo a rebuild.
Despite all the things the franchise went through, Lillard has proven time-to-time, why he is called the “Big Game Dame.” With a stunning performance like last night, he is been able to do it regularly, however, not always scored a career-high. Come forward any team, they fear the range Damian Lillard possesses when shooting from beyond the arc.
He is a serious shooter from anywhere around the court, he is also the 2023 3-point contest winner. He is not shy to pick up shots as he crosses half-court. Lillard this season has a strong chance to take the Blazers through to the playoffs. In the last 2 seasons, Damian Lillard didn’t make it to the playoffs, however, this season he might be back with the Blazers.
How did Damian Lillard get the nickname “Big Game Dame?”
Last night Damian Lillard, once again showcased his shooting superiority, after shooting 3s from way downtown. In his entire career so far, he has never had any player overshadow him, with a stronger team. Come what may, Lillard has always been a big game player, and probably the most clutch player after LeBron James in the modern era. Hence, he is known as the “Big Game Dame,” and still proves it age the age of 32.
Big Game Dame: Clutch shots and Damian Lillard go hand in hand. pic.twitter.com/rOjvPxkuVc
— NBA History (@NBAHistory) November 3, 2017
Dame has been extremely loyal to his employers, and still playing for the team that drafted him a decade ago. Despite his extreme loyalty toward the Blazers, he has not been able to feature in a single NBA Finals. However, this may bring his legacy down a bit, but his excellence in shooting and clutch plays will go down as one of the finest in the history of the NBA.