The Portland Trail Blazers were able to force a Game Seven against the Denver Nuggets on Thursday with a 119-108 victory. According to Yahoo! Sports’ Chris Haynes, the Blazers were able to do so with a little inspiration from star point guard Damian Lillard.
Soon after the grueling 26-point loss in Game Five, Lillard sent a mass text to the team letting them know that their season isn’t over because of one bad game.
“I just wanted to remind my guys that it wasn’t over,” Lillard told Yahoo Sports. “It didn’t matter if we lost by 20 or 30 or 50. We lost, and it only counts as one. We needed to get Game 6, and I wanted to make sure everyone was on the same page with the text.”
Other players echoed this sentiment, with Blazers starters Al-Farouq Aminu and CJ McCollum emphasizing what Lillard sent.
“I just said if we do what we’re supposed to do, we’ll force a Game 7,” McCollum told Yahoo Sports. “Simple as that. And now we’re going to Game 7.”
Haynes’ article also touched on the scuffle that occurred midway through the fourth quarter of Thursday’s game between Blazers guard Seth Curry and Nuggets guard Will Barton as well as reactions to the scuffle and the game overall.
The whole article can be read here.