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Grantland: Lillard Tops Playoff Power Ranking BEFORE Game 6

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"[W]ith all due respect to [Tony] Allen, nobody’s had a better first round than Dame Lillard. It doesn’t matter that he doesn’t play defense and sometimes takes horrible pull-up jump shots. Watch him for an entire game and you will forget all of that. Whether he’s drilling pull-up 3s or blowing past people for floaters at the rim, he has a special knack for just breaking people’s hearts. "I don’t really believe in the clutch gene," my roommate was saying Sunday night. "But man. Dame Lillard makes you wonder." He’s been doing this all year, but the playoffs — and Houston’s horrible defense — just amplify all of it on national TV. So a league full of stars officially has another one, and he’s got two chances to finish off Houston this weekend. That means this section is either the greatest jinx ever, or Lillard’s playoff debut is about to get even more ruthless. To be continued..."

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