PORTLAND - Damian Lillard delivered a heaping helping of heartache to Houston Friday night. He also gave the Rockets all the fuel they should ever require as they prepare to embark upon a summer that will prove crucial toward determining where they go from here.

When General Manager Daryl Morey huddles up with Houston’s basketball operations department and brainstorms ways to improve the team during the offseason, Lillard’s shot will be there.

When Dwight Howard hits the gym to continue refining and fine-tuning his game, Lillard’s shot will be there.