What time is Dame Time? Inside another season of Lillard’s late-game heroics

  • Co-author, Pro Basketball Prospectus series
  • Formerly a consultant with the Indiana Pacers
  • Developed WARP rating and SCHOENE system

The NBA’s most feared time has no set beginning, but it usually ends with a Portland Trail Blazers victory.

“Dame Time” is when mild-mannered Blazers All-Star Damian Lillard transforms into a cold-blooded destroyer of opposing defenses, and it’s a big reason Portland was able to rest at home last week instead of needing to reach the playoffs through the NBA’s play-in tournament.

Early in a playoff run that Lillard hopes will include more highlights like his series-winning 3-pointers against the Houston Rockets in 2014 and the Oklahoma City Thunder in 2019, it’s worth taking a closer look at when Dame Time typically kicks in and just how good Lillard has been in clutch situations this season.

When Dame Time strikes

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