Ahead of the last game of the regular NBA season, Portland Trail Blazers’ point guard Damian Lillard reflected on the coronavirus pandemic impacted 2020-21 season. According to Jamie Hudson of NBC Sports Northwest, it started out unlike any other from the beginning by Lillard’s account.
“It has been different,” Lillard said following Saturday’s practice. “I think, first of all, we coming off a short offseason. We finished the year in the bubble and it felt like we turned right around and was playing again.”
The truncated season had some interesting impacts.
“Not being able to be on the practice court as much, we just traveling and playing game after game. The game is getting faster. We playing at a faster pace, smaller lineups – puts us at more of a risk for injury,” Lillard explained.
Regarding his health, Lillard is ready to go for the post-season.
“I’m good. As a team we had our down moment. We had our tough stretch and we came out of it.”
He believes in the team’s play as the Blazers approach the playoffs.
“I think we’re playing the kind of basketball that we want to play at the right time.
Me, personally, I feel more clear. I had a lot of things going on off the court, just in my life, and physically, and I’m just happy that going into this last game and going into the playoffs, I’m kind of moving past those things and feeling better.”
The Blazers face the Denver Nuggets for the final game of the regular season Sunday evening at 6pm on NBC Sports Northwest.