Blazers Get Swept, But at Least Damian Lillard Made Draymond Green Fall With a Nasty Crossover

Bryan Brandom
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The Portland Trail Blazers didn't fare well in what they'd slowly realize would be their last game of the season, falling hard to the Golden State Warriors in Game 4 of the teams' opening-round playoff series.

The final score was 128-103, but the blowout felt more absurdly lopsided than even that score would indicate—10 minutes into the game, Stephen Curry and Co. led Damian Lillard and his Blazers 41-13. Golden State tied a playoff record with 45-point first quarter.

And though this unsurprisingly yielded quite the dose of Warriors highlights, the play of the game still goes to Portland. While attempting to scrape their deficit back into the realm of respectability, Lillard utilized a Noah Vonleh screen on Andre Iguodala by rejecting it and heading straight for Vonleh's man, eminent defender Draymond Green.

Lillard froze Green with a hesitation, then made him hit the deck hard, ass first, with a filthy crossover before scooping in a layup.

Lillard led his team with 34 points in the defeat.

"If you ever want to get out the West, you're going to have to go through [the Warriors]," Lillard said after the game. "And for me, I understand that's what it is. It's always been that way in the NBA. I think about when the Pistons were just beating up on [Michael] Jordan. [They] were just kicking his butt every year, and he had to get through them if he wanted to get to where he wanted to get to. That's just what it is. [The Warriors are] going to be there. They're going to be there every year. We have to look at that and understand that we got to be better. We have to go get better, and come back better as a group if we want to move past them."