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BRAM: WELCOME BACK TO
"SPORTSCENTER."
PORTLAND LEADS THE NBA IN
SCORING DESPITE THE FACT THEY
DO NOT HAVE ONE PLAYER IN THE
TOP FIVE OF ANY ONE MAJOR
STATISTICAL CATEGORY.
TRAIL BLAZERS ARE A DIVERSE
ATTACK, THE BEST THREE-POINT
SHOOTING TEAM WITHOUT A TOP
FIVE SHARPSHOOTER, FOURTH BEST
REBOUNDING TEAM, NO SUPERMAN ON
THE BOARDS THERE AND FIFTH IN
ASSISTS WITHOUT A C.P. 3
RUNNING THE SHOW.
KEEP IT UP, THOUGH, AND THE
WORD "EMERGING" WILL NOT BE
USED WHEN DESCRIBING PORTLAND
STARS.
CHRIS BROUSSARD SAT DOWN WITH
LAMARCUS ALDRIDGE AND DAMIAN
LILLARD.
>> ALDRIDGE, BOOM!
>> THE LONG THREE.
>> I'M SURE YOU GUYS ENDED THE
SEASON WITH CONFIDENCE BUT
HONESTLY, DID YOU EVER THINK
YOU WIN 80% OF YOUR GAMES AND
HAVE ONE OF THE BEST RECORDS IN
THE LEAGUE?
>> AS SOON AS WE GOT BACK I
NOTICED EVERYBODY HAD IMPROVED
AND I THINK THAT EXCITED US AND
GAVE US CONFIDENCE WE COULD BE
A PLAYOFF TEAM AND HAVE TAKEN
THAT MINDSET TO THE PRESEASON
AND CARRIED ON TO THE REGULAR
SEASON AND THAT CONFIDENCE KEPT
BUILDING UP.
>> YOU TALK ABOUT THE
IMPROVEMENT OF THE PLAYERS.
NO REBOUNDS ARE BEYOND EIGHT IN
THE GAME AND NOW YOU'RE AT 11.
WHAT DID YOU DO IN THE
OFF-SEASON TO BECOME A BETTER
PLAYER?
>> I CAME IN THE LEAGUE AND WAS
ALL JUMP SHOT AND THEY
CRITICIZED ME BEING SOFT AND
DOING THIS AND THAT AND EVERY
YEAR I WANTED TO ADD SOMETHING
TO MY GAME AND EVERY YEAR I
ADDED ONE MOVE AND TO BE THE
PLAYER I WANT TO BE, I FELT
LIKE I NEEDED AN INSIDE AND
OUTSIDE GAME.
>> DAMIAN TURNS THE CORNER,
DANCING HIS WAY.
FADES AWAY, FAR SIDE, GOT IT!
>> LILLARD DANCING.
A LONG THREE FROM THE WING.
>> GOT IT AT THE BUZZER!
HE DID IT AGAIN.
>> DAMIAN, YOU HIT TWO
GAME-WINNERS IN DETROIT AND
CLEVELAND AND SHOWED NO
EMOTION.
EXPLAIN THAT.
>> I THINK THE FIRST ONE
AGAINST DETROIT, I WAS JUST
TIRED AND READY TO GET OUT OF
THERE, YOU KNOW, WIN THE GAME
AND GET OUT OF THERE.
THE SECOND ONE WAS MORE LIKE
ALL RIGHT, THAT'S WHAT I
EXPECTED.
>> NATIONALLY A LOT OF PEOPLE
DON'T KNOW ABOUT YOU GUYS LIKE
THEY KNOW ABOUT SOME OF THE
OTHER PLAYERS.
WHAT IS DAMIAN LIKE AS A
PLAYER?
>> HE'S VERY CONFIDENT ON THE
COURT AND OFF THE COURT AND
VERY FUN TO BE AROUND.
>> DOESN'T MATTER WHERE YOU'RE
AT, IN THE GROCERY STORE OR
WHATEVER, HE'S DANCING ALL THE
TIME.
HE'S ALWAYS DANCING.
>> JUST A COUPLE INCHES AND LET
HIM SEE THE DREAM, HAVE HIM
SWINGING FOR THE FENCES.
>> YOU RAP A LOT DURING THE
SEASON.
>> THAT'S WITH A I WRAP, I DO
EVERYTHING.
I TRY TO HAVE THEM RAP WITH ME.
>> YOU GUYS, ARE YOU USING
IPADS DURING THE GAME?
THAT'S WHAT'S BEEN TALKED
ABOUT.
>> YEAH, IO.
TEAMS DEALT WITH ME MORE THIS
YEAR AND IN THE PAST AND I TRY
TO SEE WHAT GUYS OPEN UP THE
DOUBLE-TEAM.
I GET IT WITHIN MY FIRST FIVE
TOUCHES AND JUST SHOWING HOW
TEAMS ARE GUARDING ME.
>> THERE IS TALK OF YOU MAYBE
WANTING OUT OF PORTLAND.
HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT PLAYING
HERE AND STAYING HERE?
>> I'M HERE.
I LOVE IT HERE.
THIS TEAM IS GOOD AND WE'RE
WINNING.
I'VE BEEN HERE MY WHOLE CAREER.
I'M IN THE HISTORY BOOKS HERE.
I DON'T WANT TO LEAVE.
I FEEL THIS TEAM IS GOOD ENOUGH
TO WIN IT ALL ONE DAY AND BE
THERE.
BRAM: GROOVY IN PORTLANDIA THIS
DAY.
COMBING FOR 40 POINTS, THE
HIGHEST TANDEM BETWEEN DURANT
AND WESTBROOK.
THEY'RE TIED FOR THE BEST IN