Blazers’ Lillard Focused on Improving Defense
It was a day to celebrate everything that was right with Damian Lillard, and maybe that’s why the smile disappeared Wednesday from the face of the Trail Blazers guard when his greatest imperfection was broached.
The Rookie of the Year trophy rested beside him, the product of a pretty jump shot, great court vision, steely poise, and an uncanny ability to finish at the rim. But his true greatness was revealed once the subject turned to his one weakness – defense.
“When people say stuff about my defense, it bothers me,’’ Lillard said. “And I’m aware of it. It drives me. It lights a fire under me.’’