There was an immediate energy, an example for the other Blazers to emulate whether his shot came around or not.
“His leadership really set the tone, I thought,” Clippers guard Jamal Crawford said. He was all over the place, flying all over the court, but him being very aggressive early definitely set the tone for them and the rest of team followed.” The sense of urgency to have a big night came from none other than Lillard himself, aware not only that he didn’t generate much offense the first two games as the Trail Blazers labored to just 95 and 81 points after averaging 105.1 in the regular season.
But it was worse than his poor shooting of 33 percent during the first two games in Los Angeles.
He was struggling to get involved as the Clippers’ defense took him out of the game for long stretches. When I do get good opportunities I’ve got to knock those shots down.
By the time the Blazers practiced Friday, Lillard was openly noting how “I know I’ve got to be big in the next game” and “I struggled shooting the ball in the first two games. I’ve got to do a better job getting the ball out of the double teams.