Trail Blazers

Damian Lillard earns Western Conference Player of the Week for the 11th time

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The league is recognizing Lillard Time, even if NBA fans won't.

Days after being snubbed as an NBA All-Star starter due to the fan vote, the NBA announced Monday afternoon that Trail Blazers six-time All-Star point guard Damian Lillard has been named the Western Conference Player of the Week for the week ending on February 21.   

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While leading the Blazers to a 2-1 record last week, Lillard averaged 36.3 points, 5.7 rebounds, 12.7 assists and 1.33 steals.

He also led the NBA in scoring for the week and ranked second among the league’s leaders in assists.

This is the second time this season that Lillard has earned the weekly honors and 11th time in his career.

It was back on Jan. 18 that he won his first WCP of the week nod this season after Portland went 3-1. During that span, he averaged 30.3 points on 46.2 percent shooting and 39.5 percent from three to go along with 7.3 assists, 5.3 rebounds, and 1.3 steals. That was also the week that CJ McCollum went down with a left foot sprain against the Atlanta Hawks.

 

With Lillard’s 11 Western Conference Player of the Week honors, he now holds the most in franchise history. Clyde Drexler had 10 while with the Trail Blazers.  

To tip-off last week, it was Lillard Time in OKC after the Blazers trailed the Thunder by five points with just under five minutes remaining in the game. 

Lillard hit four three-pointers in crunch time to help his team beat the Oklahoma City Thunder on the road on February 16. He notched 31 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds.

Then two days later in New Orleans, Lillard scored 43 points and tied his career high in assists with 16 with another stellar crunch time performance.

With 16.5 seconds to go, Lillard completed a three-point play to give the Blazers the 126-124 victory.

In Portland’s only loss last week, Lillard finished with 35 points, six rebounds and 12 assists against Washington on February 20.

The Blazers superstar now has 18 30-point games this season, which is among the most in the NBA.

On the season, Lillard is averaging 30.0 points on 44.5 percent shooting including 38.5 percent from three. He is also averaging 4.5 rebounds, 7.9 assists and 1.07 steals.