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Damian Lillard | Guard

Team: Portland Trail Blazers
Age / DOB:  (24) / 7/15/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 195
College: Weber State
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Damian Lillard said he cut out fast food, sugar and salt from his diet.
Lillard admitted he ran out of gas last season, which isn't a surprise considering he saw his usage rate rise to 25.0 in his sophomore season. Lillard hasn't missed a game in his NBA career and only Kevin Durant has played more minutes in the last two seasons combined. Lillard is a safe target in the second round of fantasy leagues. Sep 30 - 12:51 AM

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Damian Lillard says he ran out of gas and had weak legs during last year's playoff loss to the Spurs, but he worked to fix the problem over the summer.

"I did a lot of conditioning, a lot of lower body stuff in the weight room," he said. "I think that was huge for me, just to make my lower body stronger, to be stronger over a longer season. I think last year I ran out of gas. Like I said before, my legs were really tired in the San Antonio series." Lillard already looks like one of the top point guards in the league and we may not have seen his best stuff yet.
Source: Oregonian
Sep 29 - 8:33 PM

The Trail Blazers have picked up Damian Lillard's fourth-year option.

This was a no-brainer move as Lillard has proven he's a franchise-caliber player. He's also earned the iron-man title as he's yet to miss a single game throughout the first two-years of his career. Lillard averaged 20.7 points, 5.6 assists, and 0.8 steals last season while shooting 42.4 percent from the field, and 87.1 percent from the charity stripe. He's more than worthy of an early-round selection, and he can be viewed as a No. 1 point guard heading into fantasy drafts.
Sep 29 - 4:20 PM

Damian Lillard will be brought back to team USA if another player drops out of the FIBA World Cup, according to Chris Haynes of Comcast SportsNet.

Lillard has said that he would indeed go back to team USA if called and he and Jerry Colangelo have already talked about a possible reunion according to Haynes. "It’s something we did discuss with Damian," Colangelo told CSNNW.com. "We’ll see what happens." The FIBA World Championship begins on August 30th and final rosters must be submitted at least 24 hours before competition begins.
Aug 28 - 3:36 PM

Damian Lillard will be on the cover of EA Sports' NBA Live 15.

He was cut from Team USA and said it would provide "more wood on the fire." Lillard will be in the same role as he was last season, but will have Steve Blake back him up instead of Mo Williams. C.J. McCollum could play next to him more, but it shouldn't impact Lillard negatively.
Aug 25 - 10:14 AM

Being cut from the Team USA roster has motivated Damian Lillard, and he will use the dismissal to fan the flames this upcoming season.

"More wood on the fire," Lillard told The Oregonian when asked how he felt about not making the final 12-man Team USA roster. "Not my first time being put off and probably not the last." Lillard has had a fantastic career so far, and him not making the final 12-man roster has more to do with the ridiculous depth of point guards playing for the US Team rather than anything he did. Lillard averaged 20.7 points, 2.7 three-pointers, and 5.6 assists during his sophomore campaign, and he has yet to miss a single game during his a career. Obviously, he is an early-round target, and No. 1 point guard heading into this year's drafts.
Aug 24 - 1:33 PM

Damian Lillard did not make Team USA for the FIBA World Cup following Friday's exhibition vs. Puerto Rico.

He didn't have a great month shooting the ball and couldn't edge out Derrick Rose, Stephen Curry or Kyrie Irving. Lillard was third in the NBA in 3-pointers last season, but he still need some work on his perimeter defense and scoring around the rim. However, he's still a No. 1 point guard in fantasy leagues, especially given his remarkable durability so far.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 23 - 9:06 AM

Damian Lillard would be thrilled if he made the final 12-man, Team USA roster.

"This already has been a great experience and a great opportunity for me to get better by being a part of something like this," said Lillard. "But to get on that plane would be a real accomplishment. I’ve always been a fan of USA Basketball and to be part of the team would mean a lot to me." Lillard is on the bubble right now, but if Team USA anticipates rest days for Rose, that could help Lillard's cause. Stay tuned.
Source: USAB.com
Aug 22 - 5:57 PM

Damian Lillard said Matt Barnes told him his defense will be the key to making the Team USA roster.

"He just called and told me that everybody knows that I can shoot the ball and make plays, but he said he knows that I can defend too," Lillard said. "He said just go out there and be a dog and pick up full-court." Lillard's offensive skill set has grown as his career has moved along, but he has still been torched on defense, giving up numerous season highs to opposing point guards last year. If Derrick Rose is healthy, Lillard may have a tough time making the team.
Source: CSN NW
Jul 30 - 3:00 PM

Gary Payton said that Damian Lillard needs to work on his defense.

"He can be like Patrick Beverley if he wants to, but that’s a mindset," Payton said. Lillard worked with Gary Payton last season and it sounds like he may again this summer. He allowed an extremely high 45.9 percent against isolation plays, which ranks 199th in the NBA (Synergy).
Source: CSNNW.com
Jun 14 - 9:55 AM

LaMarcus Aldridge and Damian Lillard were both named to the All-NBA Third Team on Wednesday, alongside Goran Dragic, Paul George and Al Jefferson.

It's fitting that Aldridge and Lillard wound up on the same squad after fighting their way past Houston in an electric first-round playoff matchup. The Blazers joined the Rockets and Clippers as the only teams with multiple All-NBA players for 2013-14, and the future is very bright in Rip City. For Lillard, the honor is even sweeter -- his contract includes a $250,000 bonus for making an All-NBA team.
Source: NBA.com
Jun 4 - 1:01 PM

Damian Lillard said he is committed to USA Basketball and will be focusing on his conditioning this summer during his exit interview on Friday.

He admitted he was tired and winded during the playoffs, which comes as a bit of a surprise after Lillard led the NBA in minutes played during his rookie season. He played a whopping 44.7 minutes per game in the series vs. Houston, and still ranked seventh in total minutes during the 2013-14 season. He still has room to grow and will be highly coveted in fantasy drafts next season.
May 16 - 3:54 PM

Damian Lillard scored 25 points on 11-of-21 shooting (including two threes) with four rebounds and five assists in the Blazers' 103-92 Game 4 win over the Spurs on Monday.

Lillard is going to have to be the man for the Blazers with LaMarcus Aldridge (19 points, 8-of-16 FGs, four rebounds) facing tough matchups against Tiago Splitter, Tim Duncan and even little-used Aron Baynes. Nicolas Batum put up one of the better stat lines of these playoffs with 14 points, 14 rebounds, eight assists, one steal and one block, and Will Barton set a career playoff-high with 17 points, six rebounds and two assists. The Blazers avoid the sweep and head to San Antonio for Wednesday's Game 5.
May 13 - 1:30 AM

Damian Lillard hit a game-winning 3-point with 0.9 seconds left on the clock to eliminate the Rockets in the Blazers' 99-98 Game 6 win on Friday.

This year's opening round of the playoffs may never be topped and that's not hyperbole. Lillard busted free on a poorly defensed play by the Rockets and you'd be hard-pressed to find anybody that was truly surprised. He finished with 25 points, six threes and a massive line, and LaMarcus Aldridge (30 points, 10-of-26 FGs, 13 boards) was left in single coverage for most of the night. The Blazers await the winner of Sunday's Game 7 tilt between the Spurs and the Mavs. Now go try and get some sleep before this weekend's five Game 7s.
May 3 - 1:52 AM

Damian Lillard put on a blow-by clinic during a tough loss to the Rockets on Friday, shooting 9-of-16 from the field for 30 points with six boards, six assists, one steal and four 3-pointers.

It's the first time he's ever scored 30 points on 16 or less shots in his career and he made James Harden look awful on defense all night. Lillard gets more credit for his shoot, but tonight showed how he has some great handles. The Blazers are still up 2-1 and can take a commanding lead on Sunday at home.
Apr 26 - 1:52 AM