The Portland Trailblazers return home with their Western Conference Semi-Finals series against the Denver Nuggets tied 1-1 after they were able to rebound from a game one loss. In game two, their superstar Damian Lillard had a subpar game against the Nuggets with 14 points, four rebounds, and four assists. His backcourt mate C.J. McCullum chipped in 20 points, six rebounds, and assists as the Blazers the Nuggets 97-90.
As for the Nuggets, their MVP candidate Nikola Jokić came back down to earth after having a monstrous game one. In game two, Jokić scored 16 points, grabbed 14 rebounds, and dished out seven dimes. Jokić’s frontcourt mate Paul Millsap poured in 14 points and nabbed 11 rebounds for the Nuggets.
Someone that has admired Damian Lillard’s game from afar is former Trailblazer Bonzi Wells. I spoke to him by phone recently and he shared with me that he thinks Damian Lillard is the number one player at his position.
“At his position, he is the number one guard in the league right now. What I love about Dame, he does so much for the community, he raps, a family guy, a loyal to the soil that he grew up in. He puts the work in on the court and isn’t all about talking with him, he goes out there and performs. That is what I respect about him and with that being said the puts him above all guards in my opinion. What he did in that first round against Paul George, who I know is a great defender and Russell Westbrook, who is a competitor, but he was able to put on a show like no other. That put him on the top of my list after that series.
The Blazers and the Nuggets are both looking get a win and be one step closer to the Western Conference Finals tonight at The Moda Center. The game will start at 6:30 PM PST on ESPN.