What 2 Watch 4 - Trail Blazers Vs. Bulls

November 22, 2013

What 2 Watch 4 - Trail Blazers Vs. Bulls

It’s been a long time since Blazermaniacs have gotten to see one of the NBA’s best players in action. In the time since Derrick Rose last played in Portland, 1,020 days have passed, the Trail Blazers have tallied 90 wins, and Rip City has welcomed to the team their own star point guard, Damian Lillard. The two former Rookies of the Year square off for the first time tonight in a much-anticipated matchup of two of the game’s premier signal callers. Lillard has connected on more 3-point shots within his first 100 career games than any other player in league history. And he hasn’t even played 100 games! Earlier this season, he became the second NBA player to ever convert at least three 3-point attempts in each of his team’s first five games of a season. And then there’s Rose, the three-time NBA All-Star (2010-12) who finished in the NBA’s top 10 in scoring and assist averages in 2010-11 before taking home the 2011 NBA MVP trophy. The first overall pick in 2008 averaged at least 20 points in three straight seasons before missing the 2012-13 campaign due to injury. And about that last visit to Portland on Feb. 7, 2011 – Rose scored 36 points on 14-for-27 shooting. But LaMarcus Aldridge countered with a career-best 42 points (15-23 FG), and Portland got the W, 109-103.

Damian Lillard

• Named the 2012-13 NBA Rookie of the Year after averaging 19.0 points, 3.1 rebounds and 6.5 assists
• Has connected on more 3-pointers than any other NBA player in his first 100 career games
• This season, became the first NBA player to ever record 100 points, 25 rebounds, 25 assists and 20 3-pointers in his team’s first five games

Derrick Rose

• Named the 2008-09 NBA Rookie of the Year after averaging 16.8 points, 3.9 rebounds and 6.3 assists
• A three-time NBA All-Star, Rose was named NBA MVP after averaging 25.0 points, 4.1 rebounds and 7.7 assists in 2010-11
• Missed the entire 2012-13 season after tearing the ACL in his left knee during the 2012 NBA Playoffs