Damian Lillard: ‘I Don’t Have a Fearful Mentality’ Ahead of Game 2 vs. Lakers

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Portland Trail Blazers' Damian Lillard calls for a foul against the Memphis Grizzlies during the second half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Aug. 15, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kevin C. Cox/Pool Photo via AP)

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As the Portland Trail Blazers prepare to play what should be a motivated Los Angeles Lakers team Friday night, Damian Lillard isn’t scared of what LeBron James and Co. have in store.

“I don’t have a fearful mentality about it when it’s happening,” Lillard told reporters. “If we lose, we lose. Obviously, we don’t want to. I think that could make it a stressful situation.”

Lillard has been the most fearless star of the NBA‘s restart, winning seeding game MVP honors and playing the best basketball of his career—especially since falling short in the clutch in an Aug. 8 loss to the Clippers, which nearly cost Portland a playoff spot.

Lillard averaged 51.3 points and 9.0 assists over the Blazers’ final three seeding games to get them into a play-in series for the No. 8 spot in the West. He led Portland to a win over the Memphis Grizzlies to clinch the eighth seed and then dropped 34 points in the Game 1 triumph over the Lakers. Du