May 9, 2016, 11:26 pm
Damian Lillard hit just 9-of-30 shots (5-of-18 3PTs, 13-of-16 FTs) for 36 points, six rebounds, 10 assists, one block and just three turnovers in the Blazers’ 132-125 Game 4 loss to the Warriors on Monday.
Lillard was awesome and the efficiency reflects both the Warriors’ rock solid defense at times and also the reality that the team’s secondary ballhandlers couldn’t relieve a whole lot of pressure. That’s not to say they didn’t play well. C.J. McCollum weathered the storm and finished with 24 points on 9-of-23 shooting, three boards, two assists, three steals and five turnovers, and Al-Farouq Aminu kept things rolling with 18 points on 6-of-14 shooting, three treys, 13 boards, one steal and one block. We told you to fade Aminu and we got that wrong, which makes us wonder if the next game is the one to fade him on after a 25-of-46 start in this series shooting the ball.
Mason Plumlee stayed on the floor to mixed results but the numbers were there, as he finished with 12 points, 15 boards, three assists, one steal and five turnovers, and one key to that was that Andrew Bogut (26 minutes) didn’t get into immediate foul trouble. Ed Davis (eight points, four rebounds, 16 minutes) didn’t see the court as much and he’ll be a risky play now that we know Plumlee has fought back a little bit. Allen Crabbe played 38 minutes but he didn’t do a whole lot, scoring 13 points with three rebounds and two assists. Game 5 is in Oakland on Wednesday.