Damian Lillard had that look in mind, but now blazers turn to nuggets

While much of the post-game conversation was about the unsuccessful coach’s challenge that cost the Trail Blazers their final downtime with 2.4 seconds left, there was a lot that the Blazers pointed out when explaining how they played the game Slipped away against the sun on Thursday.

Phoenix narrowly defeated Portland 118-117 when they spoiled the Blazers with a playoff spot.

The call stood.

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The shooting foul was blamed on Norman Powell after the official review and Devin Booker calmly threw down two free throws to ensure victory while the Blazers lost time out and time set on the clock.

Up until that point, the fourth quarter was all about Damian Lillard.

Lillard played the entire second half as the Blazers were determined to secure a win to secure their place in the playoffs.

Lillard was also early on the attack.

However, it was the last stage he put the team on their backs, as Blazers fans have seen time and time again.

24 of Lillard’s 41 points came in the fourth quarter.

McCollum, who added 27 points on an efficient 11-of-19 shootout, was on the same side as his buddy in the back seat.

We wanted to win. I felt like a “must win” game that you had to use to control your own destiny.

CJ McCollum

Blazer’s head coach Terry Stotts mentioned after the game that Lillard was supposed to play the entire second half, but Lillard had also asked to stay on the ground early in the fourth half.

The six-time all-star tried everything in his power to get his team to secure their place in the playoffs and ultimately secure extra days off.

But after the loss, the Blazers made it a goal not to go into the fact that the suns were too separated from each other.

The last game of the season is now the most important game of the season. We need to go ahead and make sure we do our business at home.

Damian Lillard

If the Blazers beat Nuggets Sunday, or if the Lakers lose one of their remaining two games, or if the Mavericks lose twice, the Blazers will win a playoff spot with a top 6 seed.

Now that Lillard and the Blazers are trying to put Thursday’s heartbreaking loss behind them, the focus has already shifted to Sunday.

“I think the position we are in makes it pretty easy for us,” said Lillard, explaining how the team will develop after the defeat. “This game is becoming more important than this game.

“I wish we would play tomorrow.”

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