It was not the most ideal birthday scenario having to celebrate in the NBA ‘bubble’, but Portland Trail Blazers All-Star point guard Damian Lillard still rang in his 30th birthday accordingly on Wednesday.
Backcourt teammate CJ McCollum decorated his hotel room door; social media and fellow NBA players sent their birthday regards; a night of celebrating with his teammates with short ribs potentially on the menu…
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But there is only one wish that Lillard wants to come true:
“Let’s not waste our f****** time out here.”
The Trail Blazers will begin play on July 31 against the Memphis Grizzlies.
The path to the playoffs for Portland is no easy road, however, Portland is nearly back to full strength featuring the highly anticipated return of big men Jusuf Nurkic and Zach Collins off injury. Add in ‘Skinny Melo’ and that dynamic Lillard - McCollum backcourt, and Portland just may be the most “dangerous” and “scary” team at the NBA restart.
Will Lillard’s birthday wish come true?