Oct 31

Lillard's Play Makes Talk Unnecessary

By caseyholdahl Posted in: Blazers, damianlillard, Lakers

"I just wanted to come out and be aggressive."

Those were Damian Lillard's first comments to the media after Portland's 116-106 opening night victory against the Lakers, though his performance throughout the game made that statement wholly unnecessary. Finishing with 22 points and 11 assists, Lillard joined Oscar Robertson and Isaih Thomas, two of the most revered point guards to ever play the game, as the only players in NBA history to put up at least 20 points and 10 assists an NBA debut.

"I felt real comfortable," said Lillard in another statement made redundant by his performance. "It's a lot easier when (LaMarcus Aldridge) is making shots, Wes (Matthews) is making shots and Nic (Batum) is making shots. I got to give credit to them. They made shots and everything came easier for me."

It won't be this easy every night. Teams with as much talent as the Lakers will invariably improve as the season goes on. And teams are going to throw better defenders armed with more in-depth scouting reports at Lillard than the Lakers did, but as far as first games go, it would be hard to ask for more.

Unless, of course, you're Damian Lillard. Though the Trail Blazers finished the night with just 12 turnovers, half of those came courtesy of the rookie point.

"Like I said, I'm been trying to get better at taking care of the ball," said Lillard. "I'm happy we won the game, but like I said, I'll go back and try to fix myself and see what I can do better to help the team."

He'll have 81 more games this season to do just that.


  1. Hey Casey: Lillard did let his play do the talking.
    He said earlier this summer that this is not a make or break year, so he has more time to fix what ain't broken. Mike Rice said it best, slack off on the static of Dame's turn -overs, he take chances and he runs the team, don't make him a timid passer by nagging on his turn-overs. All the great PG has a high turn-over rate.

    by Hg on 11/1/2012 7:18 AM
  2. nice job Hg i always like your comments and Casey nice job too

    by mp on 11/1/2012 10:05 AM
  3. Plus i like this team more and more everyday as i mean this group of guys working as a team instead of for each other thats why iam so happy

    by mp on 11/1/2012 10:07 AM
  4. plus i think give our rookie center more min i like how he plays he can only get better with more min i like hickson but this yr rookie center will be great ib time shoots dang good

    by mp on 11/1/2012 10:10 AM
  5. Lillard looked like a veteran last night. He's got a great jump shot and made some excellent passes. I know it's only been 1 game but if he continue to put up numbers such as 20pts, 7 asts per game, he will be ROY.

    by zlovas90 on 11/1/2012 2:31 PM
  6. Actually high scoring pt guards usually have some turnovers. Nash did most of his career. Some of his turnovers were dropped passes by Leonard and Aldridge. Damian has some zip on the ball which is good to see. He's exactly what a great team needs to succeed and I stress the point team! I give Stotts and the coaching staff a lot of credit for getting the team on the same page. Our starting 5 scored 103 pts last night! That's mind boggling! 5 guys with 20 pts beats 2 guys with 30 most of the time. This was a great win and a good glimpse of what fun it's going to be to watch the team this year!

    by riverman on 11/1/2012 8:19 PM
  7. Most of all this is a Blazer team full of guys you want to root for! Guys who actually seem to like each other and love playing ball! Love the tempo and love the hustle!

    by riverman on 11/1/2012 8:22 PM
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