The Denver Nuggets had an issue: they had no answer for the barrage of shots Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard was making in the 2nd quarter of Game 2 of the first-round collection. It had not been till Aaron Gordon spoke out at halftime that every little thing transformed.
” I took a look at the mentoring personnel and also stated, ‘I obtained him,'” Gordon said.
Gordon’s second-half protection on Lillard limited him enough for the Nuggets ahead out with a 128-109 win to even the series at one apiece.
In the second quarter, Lillard had 22 points as well as made 6 three-pointers. In the first half, he had 32 points as well as was 9-of-16 from the floor. Guarded mainly by Facundo Campazzo as well as Austin Rivers, Nuggets head coach Michael Malone agreed to make the modification to put Gordon on Lillard.
” This is something Aaron Gordon has actually been intending to do and he simply made it hard,” Malone stated. “Listen, Dame Lillard is an incredible player, we saw that in that first fifty percent. I assume Aaron’s dimension makes it a little bit harder to get those shots off,” Malone said.
pic-1959390-text-Damian Lillard of the Portland Trail Blazers drives versus Aaron Gordon on Monday. With Gordon using his 6-foot-8, 235 pound structure to protect Lillard in the 2nd half, Damian scored 8 factors in the 3rd quarter andwas held to just 2 factors in the 4th quarter.” I love those matches, male. I really do not care what the matchup is, maybe a one, maybe point guard, it could be a facility, I’m here for it all,” Gordon claimed.
With the series changing to Portland for Games 3 and also 4, the Trail Blazers aim to make a number of changes to give their All-Star point guard adequate area to make plays at the Moda Center.
” We have to obtain a bit extra motion,” Trail Blazers head trainer Terry Stotts said. “Dame is a great gamer, and we’ll figure it out.”
Damian Lillard of the Portland Trail Blazers drives on Aaron Gordon of the Denver Nuggets at Ball Arena on Monday.
Yet the Nuggets feel confident that Gordon’s protective expertise on defense will proceed.” They recognize that I can a great deal of things out there on the basketball floor. If I bring my IQ, my power, my athleticism, and also my capability, that mix produces a lot of good things that can happen out on the flooring,” Gordon claimed.