What 2 Watch 4 - Trail Blazers Vs. Spurs: Game 3

by Casey Holdahl
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Damian Lillard vs. Tony Parker

One hundred and eighty-two to eight. That’s the score when it comes to postseason games played by the starting point guards in this Portland-San Antonio series. And yet the man on the shorter end of that stick, Damian Lillard, has never acted like the inexperienced NBA player he’s always been during his terrific, two-year career. The accolades that begin with “Damian Lillard is the first player to…” are innumerable. And he’s carried his success right into his first career postseason in 2014. Lillard ranks among the league’s top 10 players in scoring (8th, 23.6) and assists (6th, 6.0) during the 2014 NBA Playoffs. And, you guessed it, he became the first NBA player to do something spectacular in quite a long time when his Game 6 buzzer-beater won the series against Houston (John Stockton, 1997). But back to that guy with all the playoff experience. Tony Parker’s 182 postseason contests are fourth-most among active players, behind only Derek Fisher, Kobe Bryant and teammate Tim Duncan. He has scored 20-plus points in an incredible 86 of those games, which is actually one more than Lillard has achieved during the regular season in two record-setting years (85). And Parker’s 86th 20-point playoff performance came in Game 1 of this Western Conference Semifinal series against the Trail Blazers.

Damian Lillard

• Ranks among the top 10 players in the 2014 NBA Playoffs in scoring (8th, 23.6) and assists (6th, 6.0)
• First NBA player to score at least 17 points in each of his first eight career playoff games since Kevin Durant
• Became the only Trail Blazer and first NBA player since John Stockton in 1997 to make a buzzer-beating shot to win a playoff series in Game 6 vs. Houston

Tony Parker

• During the 2014 NBA Playoffs, ranks 13th in scoring (20.9) and 9th in assists (5.8)
• One of six NBA players to record consecutive games of 30-plus points during this year’s playoffs (Game 7 vs. Dallas, Game 1 vs. Portland)
• His 86 career playoff games with 20 points or more are sixth-most among all active NBA players (Bryant, Duncan, James, Nowitzki, Wade)