Breakfast Special: Damian Lillard on a Milk Carton

Damian Lillard‘s production has fallen off a cliff ever since he tried to choke away the second round of the playoffs for the Portland Trail Blazers more or less by himself in Game 7 of the Denver Nuggets series.

He was 3-of-17 in that game, and in the first three games of the Western Conference Finals against the Golden State Warriors, he has shot 4-of-12, 6-of-16, and 5-of-18, a grand total of 15-of-46 (32.6 percent.)

At least he was plus-8 in the Nuggets game, as CJ McCollum bailed him out. In this series, Lillard is a combined minus-42 even as his team has lost the combined series so far by 36 points.

Portland blew an 18-point lead in Game 3 and lost 110-99, the Warriors victory powered by Stephen Curry‘s 36 points and the team’s red-hot 29-13 third quarter that turned a 66-53 halftime deficit into an 82-79 advantage that was sealed by a 28-20 fourth-quarter boost.

Draymond Green had an absolute monster game, the kind of “Kevin Who?” game that leaves the Warriors now 30-1 overall and 6-0 in the playoffs when Curry plays and Kevin Durant sits.

Who knew a guy could win two Finals MVP trophies and still see his legacy diminished?

Green had 20 points on 6-of-12 shooting, 13 rebounds, and 12 assists in this one. Klay Thompson had 19 points on 8-of-20 shooting, his bad game not leading to a loss despite the atrocious start the Warriors got off to.

Meanwhile, Damian Jones had one of the worst starts in playoff history. He opened the festivities at center, played three minutes, committed three fouls, posted a minus-5 and no other counting stats, then was functionally a DNP-CD for the rest of the game.

Curry’s 36 came with a plus-19 to lead the starters in 37 minutes, but it wasn’t the best plus-minus in the game. That honor goes to Alfonzo McKinnie, who in 21 minutes off the bench had five points, nine rebounds, two made shots in as many attempts (one from two-point range and one for three), and a plus-24.

Other players with plus-minus numbers greater than the final margin of victory included Green (plus-16) and Kevon Looney (plus-12, as he scored eight points on 4-of-5 shooting.)

Portland beat themselves plenty of ways, but shooting 40 percent of the field and having the same number of made free throws as their opponent (20) despite 10 more attempts (33-23, for an 87.0-60.6 loss in the percentage department) were the big ones.

Golden State was mediocre from long range (8-of-26, with Steph hitting 6-of-16 and the rest of the squad shooting just 2-of-10) but made up for it on two-pointers (33-of-58, a 56.9 percent clip) and at the line (the aforementioned 20-of-23.)

Steph gets the prime ticket in the highlights:

Draymond’s triple-double is worth a watch by itself:

And just for fun, how about li’l bro Seth Curry putting one over on big bro:

The attention of the league shifts north of the border, and we’ll have maple-flavoured highlights in the morning. Until then, stay tuned and thanks for reading!