There was virtually no solution to cease Damian Lillard in Tuesday night time’s Path Blazers vs. Nuggets sport, and Austin Rivers bore witness to that.
Rivers was tasked with guarding Lillard for almost all of the sport. Rivers was largely helpless in guarding the All-Star however nonetheless discovered the expertise “actually enjoyable.”
“Bro….he was not lacking for s—,” Rivers wrote on Instagram. “1 [hand] in his face, 2 palms in his face. Lol I am like wtf is that this. Banking threes and s—. In all seriousness, it is actually enjoyable to protect him. He is as powerful as they arrive. No lie.”
Rivers could also be describing this as enjoyable now, however in the course of the sport he was legitimately thanking greater powers when Lillard missed a shot.
Lillard went 17-of-24 from the sphere and made 12 3-point pictures on 17 makes an attempt. Not solely did he set the document for many playoff 3-pointers made in a single sport, however he tied the seventh-highest single-game scoring output by a participant in NBA playoff historical past with 55 factors.
|T-4||Wilt Chamberlain||Philadelphia Warriors||56|
|T-7||Damian Lillard||Path Blazers||55|
* Jordan scored 55 factors within the playoffs thrice throughout his tenure with the Bulls.
Contemplating that every one the non-active gamers on this record made it to the Basketball Corridor of Fame, that is good firm for Lillard to maintain.
Nevertheless, even regardless of Lillard’s heroics, the Path Blazers weren’t capable of emerge with the win. The Nuggets took house a 147-140 victory in double-overtime.
Perhaps that is why Rivers thought guarding Lillard was enjoyable final night time. Had the Blazers emerged with the win, maybe he’d have a little bit of a unique tackle having to protect a virtually unstoppable participant.