August 12, 2020, 1:05 am
Lines of the Night
Damian Lillard, Portland Trailblazers – 61 points, five rebounds, eight assists, a steal and nine 3-pointers
What else can you say about Lillard at this point? He’s a superstar putting on a show for everyone. He’s wiling his team into the playoffs when they looked dead in the water and he’s bringing his A+ game every night, even when he looks completely gassed. There’s at least one “how the hell did he do that” type of play from Dame every time he takes the court and after this insane run of play, he’s definitely the bubble MVP. Dame had a ridiculous run earlier this year and this run is even better when you consider the stakes involved. Relish in all of his glory. The eighth seed is now a 3-way tie between the Spurs, Suns and Blazers. These last few days are going to be exciting in the West.
Mikal Bridges, Phoenix Suns – 24 points, two rebounds, one assist, two steals, two blocks and three 3-pointers
Bridges is one of the best defenders in the league and he was playing solely because of that. He was a great shooter in college, but the numbers and shooting didn’t catch up in the NBA for some odd reason. Well, it’s catching up now as he’s hit eight triples in his past two games. Obviously he needs to show more before we tout him as the beacon of consistent shooting, but Bridges is without a doubt, a potential fantasy superstar. He puts up numbers on the defensive end and his shot will eventually come around. It may not be this season, but he’s already proven that he can do it for stretches and as a rookie, it’s always tough to get your footing on offense, especially on a team that boasts Devin Booker and Deandre Ayton.
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