Ever heard of the "Elephant's Foot?" It's a chunk of black lava-like nuclear material that melted through concrete, steel pipes, and other containment materials during the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. As you might have guessed, it was hot. Hot enough to melt steel beams. And much like that nuclear material, Damian Lillard is very dangerous when he's not contained and downright lethal when he gets free.
After a lackluster first half that saw the Trail Blazers down 52-47, Lillard took it upon himself to bring the Trail Blazers back into the game Sunday night against the Utah Jazz by hitting four consecutive 3-pointers. Each one more ridiculous than the next, finally coming to a head with a pull up/leaner from 28 feet.
Here is the NBA equivalent of a nuclear meltdown- Damian Lillard's death by a thousand three pointers.
Lillard was 0-5 from 3 before that... that's just ridiculous. Essentially the lead containment shield of the Utah Jazz defense was working as planned up until this point. Then the disaster reaction plan was put into effect- but it was too late as Lillard's 12 points in 1 minute and 29 seconds, followed by a CJ McCollum 3-pointer brought the Trail Blazers back within 1 point at 64-63 with 6:56 remaining in the third quarter.
The Jazz managed to get clear of any more face melting by the Damian Disater before the end of the third quarter, finishing up two, 82-80. But they couldn't hold the Blazers off forever, as Portland eventually won, 115-111.