Damian Lillard's horrific shooting start continues, and the Blazers do not have this margin for error

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Damian Lillard was simply called to the NBA’s 75th anniversary all-time group. He has actually been among the league’s finest 15 gamers, at the extremely worst, over the last half years. In a world where Stephen Curry didn’t exist, he’d have long recognized himself as the scariest off-the-dribble 3-point shooter most likely to ever play. 

This cold streak he’s on to begin the season — even comprehending that all gamers, even terrific ones, withstand more prolonged rough shooting stretches than your typical fan may understand — is beginning to feel insane. 

After an 0-for-6 proving from 3 on Friday, Lillard is now shooting 21 percent from deep on the young season, and even that number is being propped up by one 5-for-7 night. Throw that out, and Lillard is shooting 17 percent over 8 video games. He has actually missed out on 34 of his last 41 from deep. 

Luckily for the Blazers, they left with a 110-106 win over the checking out Pacers on Friday. Lillard, the only Portland starter with an unfavorable point differential, had 4 points. Four. It matched the most affordable single-game scoring output of his profession, per StatMuse. 

The Blazers, who let a 19-point lead escape prior to rallying from a nine-point fourth-quarter deficit, endured down the stretch on the strength of 2 substantial 3-pointers from Robert Covington, who struck 5 threes in the 2nd half, and CJ McCollum’s 27 points. They are 4-5 on the season, treading water till Lillard can discover his stroke. 

But that can’t last long. Portland is a much deeper group this season, and the defense is ever-so-slightly much better, however you can end up the lights if Lillard does not return to being himself. There isn’t a group in the league more based on its super star than the Blazers. 

The great news is this will not continue. It can’t. Lillard is going to get going. But the concern is when. The Blazers do not have a huge margin for mistake. If this downturn lasts another couple of weeks — or even worse, longer — Portland might discover itself in such a hole that making the leading 6 in the Western Conference and preventing the play-in competition would end up being an even taller order than it currently is. 

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