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Lillard Continues to Perform on Another Level

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Kerry Eggers of the Portland Tribune examines how Damian Lillard is the engine that drives the Trail Blazers.

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Damian Lillard is showing the kind of ability as a player that others only dream of. Following a victory over the Utah Jazz in which Lillard scored 51 points to the chants of “MVP, MVP,” Kerry Eggers of the Portland Tribune digs into the feat Lillard is accomplishing right before our eyes. His teammates are just as astounded by Lillard’s capability.

“It’s indescribable,” teammate Carmelo Anthony said after Lillard scored 51 points to lift the Trail Blazers past Utah 124-107 Saturday night at Moda Center. “I don’t think we’ve ever seen anything like this. I mean, we’ve seen great basketball. We’ve seen guys score in different fashions. But what he’s doing, we haven’t seen it in a long time.”

Over the six-game stretch — Portland (23-27) has won five of them — the five-time All-Star point guard has put up video game numbers. He is averaging 48.8 points, 10.2 assists and 7.2 rebounds while shooting .548 from the field, .568 from 3-point range and .923 from the free-throw line.

Lillard has always been able to put the team on his back when needed, but this season, something about his performance just feels different.

You can read the rest of Eggers’ piece here.