You probably saw this shot a thousand times by now. Game on the line, Lillard raises up from 35 feet and knocks down the game winner.
And while this series clincher has been compared side by side with the one defeating the Rockets from a few years ago, there is an even more similar shot.
Let me show it to you and break things down. What up everybody, my name is Stefan and this is Heat Check. Let’s get into it.
Not a lot of people know but this is actually one of Lillard’s go to moves. He used the side stepback last season as well to win the game against the Lakers.
As you can see again, he is isolated far from the basket, and similar to the the one against the Thunder, he waits for the clock to go down knowing the whole time that this would be the move that will finish things off.
Then he takes a hard dribble, freezing his defender and steps to the side, making the distance between the 2 even bigger and harder to cover. From there, his quick release fires off before anyone could contest the shot and just like that, game over.
And you can make a whole playlist of him stepping to the side before his 3 pointers. This is unstoppable and I can see how even one of the best defenders in the game in Paul George couldn’t stop it even tho he probably knew it was coming.
And speaking of Paul George, he didn’t give any credit to Lillard whatsoever for that- saying that it was a bad shot.
And look, I kinda agree. I would prefer that my players run something at the end of games, I’d like to see some motion involved.
However, take a look at Dame’s numbers shooting from long range.
First of all, during the season he was 37% shooting from beyond 25 feet, which is deadly by itself, but then throughout this series, Lillard has been shooting a blistering 21 out of 44, that’s almost 48% and we are still talking about shooting from waaay downtown.
So I cannot even say anything against those numbers. I guess that this shot is justified.
Oh btw I actually made an entire video about this exact move that seems to be the hottest new thing made popular by Dame, Demar Derozan, and Kyrie.
The craziest thing off all tho, is that Lillard actually called all of this madness. Check out this short conversation between him and Evan Turner that ET shared on social media.
I guess he really is having a breakout postseason. This is awesome.
So now all of a sudden, the Blazers who have been labeled as a regular season team only, now have a great chance to even go all the way to the conference finals.
San Antonio and Denver both are battling right now, giving Portland enough time to rest and prepare for any possible matchup.
Let’s see how long can Lillard stay hot and what happens in the second round.
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