Damian Lillard is unconcerned with the Portland Trail Blazers’ patchy performance at home. The Trail Blazers are 4-4 at home and 10-6 overall. They’ve lost their last two games when they’ve homered. Lillard spoke following Saturday’s 118-113 defeat to the Utah Jazz (via Sean Highkin):
“I have no worries. I believe this to be a component. We’ve got game-winning performances, victories in difficult contests and on the road, and a strong start. We have an arduous schedule and are 10-6. We’ve faced some top-notch opposition.“
“You have to realize that this is a component of it. If you don’t realize that and believe the world is ending, then Despite our poor performance, we gave ourselves a chance. We most likely would have lost by 18 or 20 points tonight in the previous several years.“
Midway through the previous season, the Trail Blazers made several roster changes. CJ McCollum, Norman Powell, and Robert Covington were among the players they traded after failing to win the postseason.
Anfernee Simons was depended upon by Portland, which also added players like Jerami Grant and Josh Hart, to serve as Lillard’s new backcourt mates. The Trail Blazers roster is well-balanced, which has contributed to their successful start.
The evaluation of the team’s present state by Damian Lillard appears accurate. Despite having a challenging schedule, they have continued to play effectively and win games. It’s possible that wasn’t the case when they had a different roster.
During those years, the Portland Trail Blazers frequently ranked among the weakest defensive teams. Their roster lacked the capacity to continue competing at a high level on both ends throughout the playoffs, which hurt their prospects of making a serious postseason run.
Damian Lillard and the Trail Blazers fail to win the West’s top place
If the Portland Trail Blazers had defeated the Utah Jazz on Saturday at home, they would have topped the Western Conference standings. Nevertheless, the Jazz prevailed thanks to Malik Beasley’s 29-point performance off the bench. Beasley demonstrated shooting techniques. He connected on 6 of 14 three-point attempts.
Damian Lillard struggled offensively for the Trail Blazers as a result. Before leaving the game with a calf injury, he had 14 points on 2-of-14 shooting (1-of-12 from outside the arc). Although Portland had 17 turnovers, their bench was outscored 55–26.
Three defeats in four games are Damian Lillard’s and company’s worst run of the season thus far. All of these losses, however, have been recovered.
The Trail Blazers’ revamped team still poses a danger in the West. On the court, the new-look lineup hasn’t gelled well, but that will probably get better as the season goes on.