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What was Damian Lillard's promise? Damian Lillard on verge of fulfilling promise to Trail Blazers fan

Joshua Rogers May 16, 2021
What was Damian Lillard's promise? Damian Lillard on verge of fulfilling promise to Trail Blazers fan
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What was Damian Lillard’s promise? The Trail Blazer’s star is on the verge of fulfilling a promise made to a fan back in April, but needs to win against the Denver Nuggets on Sunday to do so. Here’s what Damian Lillard’s promise was.

The final few games of the NBA regular are taking place and things are going right down to the wire.

Crucial matches take place on Sunday to determine which teams grab a playoff spot and which ones have to go via the play-in tournament.

Damian Lillard and the Portland Trail Blazer’s take on the Denver Nuggets, knowing that a win will secure them the sixth seed in the West.

Interestingly, a win would also mean Lillard fulfils a promise made to a fan back in April.

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Damian Lillard’s promise to one Blazers fan

Damian Lillard is on the verge of securing a play-off spot for the Portland Trail Blazers.

Portland’s season could all hinge on Sunday’s result against the Nuggets, and Lillard in particular owes it to one fan whom he made a promise with.

In April, a fan tweeted Dame stating that he needed the Trail Blazers to win 42 games this season or he might ‘lose his house.’

Lillard replied to the tweet saying ‘no less’, essentially making a promise to the fan that he’d help the team reach the milestone of 42 wins.

Incredibly, the Blazers go into Sunday’s game against the Nuggets with a record of 41-30, meaning that if they were to win, Lillard will have fulfilled his promise of reaching 42 wins.

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Portland can wrap up sixth seed with win against Nuggets

Lillard and the Trail Blazers know that a win against Denver would secure them the sixth seed in the Western Conference.

Crucially, that would mean they’d avoid having to enter the play-in tournament.

However, should the Nuggets win – and the Lakers beat the Pelicans – the Blazers would fall to the play-in.

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Winning is therefore imperative for Portland, and fans should anticipate a Game 7 mentality from Lillard and the rest of the Blazers squad.

They’ll be desperate to secure a play-off birth without seeing the likes of Steph Curry in a play-in tournament, who could send them on their summer vacation earlier than expected.

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Joshua is a senior sports writer with over four years' experience in online writing. He graduated with a BA in Ancient History from The University of Manchester before receiving an MA in Sports Journalism from The University of Central Lancashire. He became a trending writer for a leading social publisher and later spent time covering the 2018 World Cup for The Mirror Online. He then moved to a social marketing agency where he acted as website editor. His specialties on The Focus include F1, tennis, NBA, NFL and combat sports.