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Damian Lillard has been enjoying like a person possessed over the Portland Path Blazers‘ final 10 video games. The crew is 9-1 in that stretch thanks largely to the play of their start line guard — Lillard is averaging 35.four factors and 5.three assists an evening within the final 10 video games, connecting on 48.9 % of his makes an attempt from the sector and 43 % of his threes.

It has led to Portland, which is driving an eight-game profitable streak, surging into third place within the Western Convention. It has additionally led to Lillard seeing his identify pop up within the MVP dialog, one thing he was requested about on Thursday afternoon.

Lillard gave his ideas on the latest chatter that has led to him being added to the race for the league’s high particular person honor, and gave a fairly easy reply.

“Why wouldn’t I be?” Lillard requested. “I don’t see why I wouldn’t be talked about.”

Lillard did concede that the “particular season” James Harden has had for the first-place Houston Rockets can’t be ignored, and that “what he’s doing individually, and what their crew is doing, I wouldn’t be shocked if he was the winner.”

Whereas Lillard is right that Harden looks as if he’s working away with issues proper now, he’s additionally proper that he’s earned a spot within the dialog this 12 months. There’s nonetheless lots that should occur this season, but when he can hold this up, he’ll actually get some MVP votes and push for a first-team All-NBA spot.

(Through Oregon Dwell)

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