It’s been 49 days since the Portland Trail Blazers left Rip City to head to the Orlando Bubble.
The Trail Blazers have done a lot and gone through a lot.
Same goes for Portland’s All-Star point guard Damian Lillard.
But Thursday morning, Lillard reunited with his two-year-old son, Damian Jr.
Dislocated finger... Lateral knee sprain ... but this is good for the soul ... missed my baby boy ❤ -- Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard wrote on his Instagram
There's not a photo we can find where Lillard has smiled bigger than this!
You can feel the love between the father and son as Lillard heads back to Portland for further examination on his sprained right knee.
Even though the Trail Blazers are currently down 3-1 in their first round series against the Los Angeles Lakers, Lillard and the Blazers had already accomplished so much in the NBA restart even before their postseason run.
Originally given a 9% chance to make the playoffs and the toughest schedule amongst the teams vying for the eight seed, Portland went 7-2 to advance and meet the Lakers in the first round.
In the Blazers' eight seeding games, Lillard averaged 37.6 points, 9.6 assists and 4.3 rebounds to help his team secure the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference standings.
Rip City will most likely remember Lillard’s plea for the Blazers to not waste the f-ing time, his stellar play, his finger dislocation, and his right knee sprain when all is said and done in the Orlando Bubble.
But on top of that, they won’t forget that the Trail Blazers jumped out and took Game 1 of the series against a team that is expected to reach the NBA Finals.
It’s still crazy to think that the Blazers have been in Orlando since July 9.
Game 5 of the Trail Blazers and Lakers first round series was postponed Wednesday along with all of the other series’ Game 5 contests as players took a stand and called for a change in America following the latest shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
Players and the NBA Board of Governors are meeting Thursday morning to continue the discussion on what the next steps will be in regards to either continuing the playoffs or ending the season. Before he left, Lillard was vocal with his NBA peers. Now, Dame and his son have the opportunity to spend some quality time together while the point guard rehabs his right knee.
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