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Bauman: Praising Finer Points Of Blazers G Damian Lillard's Game

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One writer takes a look at some of the smaller things that Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard has done in his first week in the NBA.

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Jeremy Bauman of SheridanHoops.com breaks down some of the finer points of Portland Trail Blazers rookie guard Damian Lillard after a recent overtime win against the Houston Rockets.

Three-Point Shooting: Lillard has range for days, which he highlighted with a deep trey-ball against the Lakers in his first few minutes of pro playing time last week.

Shooting off the Bounce: Lillard has excellent rhythm and above-average elevation off the bounce, especially in the...

Mid-Range: The rookie has a knack for finding open space and pulling up at the right times. Lillard is extremely advanced in this area.

Bounce Passes: In the above highlight against Houston, Lillard used eight bounce passes (most in pick-and-roll situations) to spoon-feed his teammates. Bounce passes are vital to setting up teammates, and Lillard has a quick trigger which is utilized to make plays smoother and more efficient. LaMarcus Aldridge is going to owe the young buck a few dinners for all the easy mid-range jumpers he's going to receive.

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We're going to scout him more intensely as the season goes on, but Lillard has looked sharpas the floor general for the Blazers.

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