Damian Lillard is 0-1 as a visiting player in Portland after the Portland Trail Blazers defeated the Milwaukee Bucks by a score of 119-116 on Wednesday. Doc Rivers is off to a rough start as the coach of the Milwaukee Bucks, with a record of 0-2 so far.
Lillard, who earned a lengthy and loud standing ovation when he was introduced before going on to finish with 25 points, had the opportunity to put it all right with what might have been a storybook game-winning shot in the closing seconds of the game.
However, despite another poor shooting night (9 of 23 overall, 3 of 13 from three positions), Lillard was unable to make the most of the situation.
Malcolm Brogdon, however, had other things in mind.
Lillard took the ball out on the side with 17.6 seconds remaining in the game against the Bucks, who were behind by one point.
As Lillard exerted a great deal of effort to his left, he found himself, for a small while, in a one-on-one scenario with Deandre Ayton on the switch. It was definitely planned for him to get the ball back from a handoff, which is exactly what occurred.
This was the first of two example-perfect defensive plays that Brogdon made on the possession that proved to be the most crucial in the game.
Despite the fact that Lopez is a solid shooter and had made a pair of long three-pointers in the fourth quarter, you should still choose to take your chances with him rather than Lillard in this scenario. Lopez is forced into a pump fake and escape dribble as a result of Toumani Camara’s close proximity to him.
Once more, Brogdon has produced an extraordinary piece of work. In the beginning, it was one thing to run across the floor in order to force Lillard to pass, but after that initial effort, it would have been so simple to rest and leave Lillard unattended.
The way that Brogdon plays this is similar to that of a linebacker who fakes a blitz at the line of scrimmage. Then, just as the ball snaps and the quarterback believes that he is going to have an open receiver, he drops back into coverage and obstructs the passing path.
Despite the fact that it will not be shown in a box score, that is an absolutely winning play from a player who is winning. Lillard’s homecoming was wrecked as a result of it.