Lillard has goal of being a MVP
After losing to the Utah Jazz 112-102 Monday night at EnergySolutions Arena, Damian Lillard sat at his locker stall, slouched over with a ice bag wrapped on his bruised right shoulder. You could tell he wasn't in the mood for talking. Even after he set an NBA rookie record for most three-pointers made in a season by breaking Stephen Curry's 166 threes made during his 2009-10 rookie campaign, Lillard still wasn't in the mood for a conversation. His team had just dropped its fifth game in a row and they're without their All-Star forward LaMarcus Aldridge who is sidelined with an right ankle sprain. The losses don't appear to be ending anytime soon considering their tough remaining schedule. Eventually, Lillard did speak. Briefly. “It's an honor to be able to do that in my first season,” Lillard said in a way you knew he didn't want to talk about it. “I wish I would have did it in a win. It's bitter sweet.” Lillard had to be prodded with further questions in order to get more out of him regarding the three-point feat he accomplished in front of 200 or so friends from his nearby Weber State. He downplayed his latest achievement, saying the league just shoots more threes nowadays. But his coach elaborated on what he did tonight. “I'm happy for him,” Trail Blazers Head Coach Terry Stotts said. “It's something to be proud of. He's had a fantastic season. Anytime you can set an NBA record, it's impressive. There have been a lot of rookies in this league and that three-point line has been in since '79. That's impressive.” The simple fact is, Lillard wants to win and he has bigger goals he wants to accomplish rather than just setting a three-point record. He feels he can be one of the very top players this league has to offer and he's on a mission to prove that.
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