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Damian Lillard nailed the series-winning three at the buzzer to propel the Blazers into the second round with the Game 6 win over the Rockets. Lillard finished with 25 points, six boards, three assists, three steals, and a block.
Lillard is/has made a legacy for himself in Portland and through out the NBA not only with his clutch series-winning shot on Friday, but his ability to continuously make game-winning shots all season long paired with his MVP like play in the round one series versus the Rockets where he scored 20-plus points in five of the six games, including 30-plus in two of them.ANALYST: Michael Pichan
Fernando Rodney has hit a recent rough patch, but said he's put it behind him.
Rodney's closing job is in danger right now, as they 38-year old has already blown a save and has given up in seven runs 3 1/3 innings. Carson Smith could be next in line for saves should Rodney be removed from the job, though Yoervis Medina is another option in the back of the bullpen. As a closer, Rodney will have to have a short term memory and put the issues behind him, as he has a great track record and the stuff is still there for him to succeed in the ninth inning. Analysis: Ben Diamond