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Damian Lillard's missed shots Sunday amid Game 7 of the Western Conference elimination rounds went from a wellspring of worry to a wellspring of expectation as the Portland Trail Blazers currently plan to confront the Golden State Warriors in the following round of the playoffs.
"Woman Time," they call it, when Lillard illuminates things with his long-extend shooting and drives the Blazers. In any case, on Sunday against the Denver Nuggets, with Lillard on his way to a 3-for-17 shooting disaster and the Blazers somewhere near 17 in the second quarter, Portland needed to demonstrate it's in excess of a small time appear.
Mission achieved after a 100-96 triumph over the Denver Nuggets in which one thing become exceedingly clear: Lillard's backcourt mate, C.J. McCollum, looks prepared for prime time.
Generally eclipsed by Lillard, McCollum scored 37 on 17-for-29 shooting from the floor and furthermore had nine bounce back — and a noteworthy postgame minute. Advancing off the court, McCollum ceased for a meeting with ESPN examiner Doris Burke.
"C.J.," she stated, "it generally feels somewhat like when your group is examined regarding the reasonability of the backcourt after the disappointments of a year ago's playoffs, it's your name that surfaces. What amount of fuel do you get from those sort of inquiries?"
McCollum answered, "Truly, I got enough inspiration. I got it out of the mud. I went Lehigh University, you comprehend what I'm stating?"
His voice split as he proceeded.
"Nobody's at any point been drafted from that point previously," said McCollum, who Portland chose tenth by and large in 2013 draft. "So for me, it's tied in with indicating what I can do each night and keeping the entryway open for the following mid-major."
"He's the central core of our group and he's worked admirably of engaging us and driving us," McCollum said. "... I simply continued endeavoring to be forceful and he seen that I made them go, so he continued ensuring I was remaining engaged with the offense and taking shots."
In the last moment, with Portland sticking to a 96-95 lead, the Blazers got this show on the road the ball to McCollum and got out. He made a 16-foot jumper with 12.4 seconds left and the Nuggets got no nearer.
As Lillard battled, Portland required more from its seat. Evan Turner drove the path with 14 points and seven bounce back, and Zach Collins contributed seven and five bounce back.
"It's inconceivable to perceive how hard everyone functioned," McCollum said.
Lillard continued working, as well. He completed with 13 points and helped compensate for his woeful shooting with 10 bounce back, eight helps and three takes. It's significant for the Blazers to realize they can change as they did Sunday thinking about what's coming up.
Lady Time won't be sufficient on diversion time Tuesday, when the Trail Blazers play the Golden State Warriors in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals.
In the event that the Blazers get any opportunity of halting the Warriors, they'll have to depend on in excess of a solitary star.
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