“It’s all a part of it. Sometimes you just lose games.” – Damian Lillard
These are the biggest heartbreakers! Usually when a player hits a tough clutch shot with less than 2 seconds on the clock you assume that shot will end up as the game winner or in this case the shot that puts the game into OT. But, like so many instances we have seen this year in the NBA, college and high school level and even in College football last weekend, 2 seconds is an eternity in sports which means it’s more than enough time for a new hero of the game to emerge in the final moment of the game.
In last night’s case, the hero was supposed to be Damian Lillard, who scored a season-high 32 points and hit an off balance 3 pointer to tie the game at 106 with 1.9 seconds left. Most assumed the game would have went into OT where the red hot blazing Blazers would have came out victorious on their home court but a 21-foot jump shot as time expired by Monta Ellis changed that storyline and gave the Blazers their 2nd home loss of the season and snapped their 4 game winning streak.
“At that point of the game, you always like to have the confidence to take that last shot, and I got it,” said Ellis. “And I have the ability to make those shots. Coach gave me the ball and I knocked the shot down.”