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The question prompted Damian Lillard’s eyes to widen and a smile to spread wide across his face.
Has he felt a difference since Eric Maynor joined the Trail Blazers?
“I feel a huge difference,” Lillard said, beaming. “Everything has opened up. Everything has slowed down.”
Lillard had already established himself as the no-doubt Rookie of the Year favorite before the Blazers acquired Maynor at the NBA trade deadline on Feb 21. But since Maynor’s arrival, Lillard has experienced a substantial across-the-board increase in production that has only enhanced his already-high profile.
In the 14 games since Maynor joined the Blazers, Lillard’s scoring has improved by nearly three points, from 18.4 to 21.2 per game, and his shooting numbers have soared. Lillard is shooting 7.1 percentage points better from the field (41.8 to 48.9) and almost 10 percentage points better from three-point range (34.9 to 44.6 percent) with Maynor on the roster.