Originally posted on NorthWest Sports Beat  |  Last updated 12/24/13
Clutch City Name: Damian Lillard Position: PG Last Week’s Stats: 33.7 PPG, 7.0 APG, 5.3 RPG, 52.8 3PT% If you’re familiar with NBA history, you know that Clutch City belongs to the Houston Rockets. The nickname was established following the championship runs in 1994 and 1995, and it was created in response to a front-page headline in the Houston Chronicle that deemed the town “Choke City.” The Portland Trail Blazers have been Rip City for most of the franchise’s history, and nobody is looking to change that anytime soon. That said, Damian Lillard has revitalized the franchise, and his late-game antics make the team more deserving of the Clutch City moniker than any other squad in the NBA. When the Blazers drafted Brandon Roy in 2006, it quickly became known that they had a new closer. “The Natural” was as clutch as it came, and his confidence was just as important as his ability to put the ball in the basket. With Roy’s unexpected decline — and eventual departure due to degenerative...
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