NBA Playoff Battle – Dame vs. Russ

The Oklahoma City Thunder and the Portland Trail Blazers met in the first round of the NBA Playoffs this year, and as has been the theme this year, there was plenty of drama to go with it. The series only went five games with Portland winning 4-1, but the series remained captivating to the last moment with the ongoing feud between Russell Westbrook and Damian Lillard. There was trash talk from both sides, mainly from Westbrook, but Lillard let his game talk. Lillard averaged 33 points and 6 assists over the course of the series, with the biggest points coming from a 37 foot dagger to end the series and send Portland to the 2nd round. He scored 50 points in the final game to Westbrook’s 29. Westbrook averaged 23 points during the series, but on an inefficient 36% shooting. He got into quite a few scuffles with Lillard over the five games and had words for Lillard in post game press conferences. He talked about Lillard “complaining about being snubbed” and self promoted himself by stating “nobody can do what I do on a night in night out basis.” Clearly Russ couldn’t get it done in the playoffs, however, because Lillard and the Blazers sent him packing. It is pretty clear who got the better of the matchup, even is Westbrook can’t see it that way.

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