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Damian Lillard reveals the player he’s most excited to play with in 2021 NBA All-Star Game

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When matched up against one another, Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard and Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry are two of the fiercest rivals.

Steph and Dame are deadly long-distance shooters, and savage competitors. When the game is in crunch time, putting the ball in either player’s hands is straight-up spine chilling. Both players have put themselves in the G.O.A.T. shooters conversation, and deservingly so, Lillard and Curry are two of the game’s best.

But unlike the regular-season or the playoffs when the NBA stars meet, Lillard and Curry are on the same team for the 2021 NBA All-Star Game.

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Personally, Lillard can’t wait to take the stage with the Warriors star on Team LeBron.

“I never played with Steph,” Lillard said. “Me and Steph never played together. Actually, we did my first All-Star Game, but I don’t remember us being in the game together, and it was both of our first All-Star Games...

 

I think we are at different stages of our career now, so I think that should be fun.

- Damian Lillard

Both Lillard and Curry have bolstered their case as MVP candidates this season.

Lillard is currently third among scoring leaders, averaging 29.8 points per game. Curry is fourth at 29.7 points per game. Curry edges Lillard with 4.8 three-pointers a game compared to Lillard’s 4.3. The Warriors star also narrowly leads Lillard in shooting from the line. Curry is shooting 93.8 percent to Lillard’s 93.2 percent. The Trail Blazers star is ninth in assists, Curry is 18th.

While the idea of Curry and Lillard taking the court on the same team is likely to fire up the “Dame to Golden State,” rumor mill, Lillard’s loyalty to Portland is well-documented.

On Sunday during All-Star Game media availability, the Trail Blazers guard was asked how he could better position himself for a chance at winning a championship. Lillard made it clear that he doesn’t care about the opportunity to elevate his brand in a larger market, he wants to win in Portland, and believes he can do so. 

“My whole career, everybody’s been saying, ‘he should go to this team’ or ‘he should go to a bigger market,’ and all these things, so at the end of the day, if we just go and win it, then what? Where does that put me?” Lillard said. “And that’s how I see it. I want that day to come. So, unless the team is like we’re going in a different direction, we want to start all over, we want to let you go onto another team or whatever, that’s the only way that will happen.”

Catch Lillard and Curry in the same backcourt on Sunday night at 5:00 p.m. when Team LeBron takes on Team Durant in the 2021 NBA All-Star Game in Atlanta.