Originally written on NorthWest Sports Beat  |  Last updated 2/2/14
All-Star Berth, Goodbye Slump Name: Damian Lillard Position: PG Last Week’s Stats: 18.5 PPG, 5.0 APG, 3.5 RPG, 23.1 3PT% Damian Lillard is this week’s NWSB Portland Trail Blazers featured player for two very different reasons. Let’s start with the good. Damian Lillard found out this past week that he was voted into the All-Star Game by the coaches. It’s going to be his first appearance at All-Star Sunday, and needless to say, it’s well-deserved.    Damian Lillard will play in his first All-Star Game this season. (Photo: Noah Graham/Getty) Unfortunately for Lillard, the announcement came in the midst of his first true NBA slump. He’s had off-games throughout his one-and-a-half years as a pro, but extended shooting troubles have been non-existent for the otherwise impressive youngster. Although the majority of Lillard’s slump has come before Week 14, his continued struggles bring one question to mind: Should the Trail Blazers be worried? Things have come rather easily to Lillard up to this point in his career, and we’ve yet to see him fight through true adversity on an NBA floor. Luckily for Portland and its fans, the point guard seemingly broke out of the slump in one game against the Toronto Raptors. He recorded 21 points, seven assists and six rebounds, and more importantly, he shot an impressive 8-of-15 from the field. The problem for Portland is that his three-point shooting has been awful of late, and that didn’t change in the win over the Raptors. He hasn’t shot better than 28.6 percent in any game since Jan. 20, and without his lights-out shooting, the team has struggled to sustain the success it found early in the year. The Blazers need Lillard to be on top of his game for the rest of the season, and that includes his three-point shot. We all know he’ll be playing alongside LaMarcus Aldridge at the All-Star Game, but more importantly, he’ll be playing alongside him at the Moda Center for a long time to come. The Trail Blazers need Lillard to get back to his usual self, and if that can happen, the team can regain momentum for the second-half stretch. But going back to the good, you can’t deny Lillard’s accomplishment from earlier in the week. He was named an All-Star reserve over talents such as DeMarcus Cousins, Anthony Davis and Goran Dragic, and he further established himself as one of the great young players that the league has to offer. On the year, Lillard is averaging 20.6 points and 5.6 assist while shooting 41.3 percent from deep, proving that he’s a viable candidate to represent Rip City at All-Star Weekend. Nobody’s going to question his merits when it comes to his All-Star candidacy, but it’s time to get back on track with the regular season and playoffs in mind. CLICK HERE TO CHECK OUT THE BLAZERS BLOG IN OUR CLUBHOUSE TODAY AT NWSB!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Patriots keep Tom Brady excitement close to vest

Wayne happy about Brady verdict: 'That's my quarterback'

Markieff Morris on Twitter: ‘My future will not be in Phoenix’

Jonathan Kraft on asking for draft picks: 'Never say never'

Redskins charge non-season ticket holders $50 to use will call

Arthur Blank on Roger Goodell: ‘Change may be appropriate’


Belichick gives typical reply to question about Brady's freedom

Goodell not attending season opener at Gillette Stadium

Jakub Voracek will donate $1,000 for every point he scores

Dwayne Bowe reportedly in danger of being cut by Browns

Slava Voynov taken into custody by U.S Immigration

The Redskins finally catch a break with Jamison Crowder

Aaron Rodgers on Brady ruling: ‘It’s a good day for the players’

Jim Harbaugh uses Seahawks play card and Seattle loves it

First drive of Jim Harbaugh Era in Michigan ends in interception

Redskins fan who named son after RG3: ‘I don’t regret it at all’

Freshmen to watch in Week 1 of college football

Early returns on Manny Machado, MLB shortstop

Judge Berman offered free coffee for life

Conor McGregor insults Jose Aldo, plans move to lightweight

Angry Indy columnist: Don't fall for 'Deflategate magic trick'

Staubach calls Romo 'one of the best quarterbacks in the league'

Utah forbade Harbaugh-themed bus from campus

Sarah Thomas working Giants-Patriots is great for NFL’s future

Clayton Kershaw and his chance at 300 strikeouts

NBA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

The Gospel Of Harbaugh prepares for its ultimate test of faith

Meet the Utah Utes, the pluckiest program in college football

Iman Shumpert will name daughter Iman Shumpert Jr.

Dallas company celebrates Romo with DirecTV 'crownies'

Top 10 storylines for Week 4 of the NFL preseason

Matt Williams is still hopelessly married to the idea of the closer’s role

Five unique CFB games to watch this weekend

Be careful what you wish for, Jay Gruden

Ryan taking leap of faith with Bills

Top 10 storylines for Week 1 of college football season

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Follow Yardbarker