Unfortunately on Wednesday night, Lillard wasn’t a little more productive for this team.
The Trail Blazers took a tough 91-85 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies on the road. This was a game the Trail Blazers maybe thought they could take from an outstanding Grizzlies team that was without leading rebounder Zach Randolph, who had a left ankle sprain.
Lillard continues to help give the Blazers a chance to win a game, which is maybe even more than any team should ask of a rookie. He scored 20 points on 7-of-11 shooting, and played a key role in helping the Trail Blazers build a 17-point lead in the third quarter.
Ultimately, he wasn’t able to hold back the Grizzlies and help the Trail Blazers get a badly-needed win as they keep trying to stay in the playoff hunt.
He put in 36 minutes of quality court time, shooting 8-of-16 from the guard spot (although only 2-of-6 from the floor) and also had four assists.
It’s probably not fair to expect so much for a rookie. But Lillard doesn’t seem to mind high expectations. When he doesn’t play like a rookie, which has been often, he’s giving the team quite a spark. He’s been doing his part to try getting the Blazers a playoff spot.
Portland has lots of work left to get to the playoffs. They need Lillard to continue playing like a seasoned veteran.