What’s Behind Damian Lillard’s Slow Start for the Portland Trail Blazers?

November 11th, 2014 by Dan Favale Leave a reply »

Damian Lillard isn't off to an ideal start for the Portland Trail Blazers.

One season after cementing his status as a rising star and elite point guard, his entry into 2014-15 has been mostly turbulent, punctuated by declining efficiency and atypic passiveness. There have been flashes of the hardhearted offensive monster who would rather leave victims than take prisoners, but they've been brief and proved temporary.

Inconsistency has been his most conspicuous constant.

Portland has thus far survived without its most potent weapon bombing atomically on a regular basis, but that's temporary too. Treading water is only possible for so long without Lillard playing up to snuff. Hovering around .500 will only get the Blazers so far in the superpower-saturated Western Conference. 

For their sake, Lillard's slow start needs to be diagnosed and then treated until this slump no longer ails their typically terrific floor general.


Doing Less with Less

None of this is to say Lillard has been awful. He's picked up his play after shooting just 26.8 percent through h ...

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