Usually players don't want to give any extra motivation to their opponent, but Damian Lillard doesn't believe in that.
The Trail Blazers guard appeared on CSN Northwest's postgame show after the regular-season finale Wednesday night and made a bold prediction for the NBA Playoffs: Trail Blazers in six games over the Warriors.
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Before Golden State fans get too upset, it's worth noting he was prompted to respond. The host asked him, "Blazers in six or seven?" to which Lillard said "six." It's not like he came out and said it in a boasting manner.
Still, he could have avoided the question by saying something like, "I'm not going into that," so he is at least a little confident about taking down the top team in the West. He said as much earlier this week.
“We’re not going into the playoffs saying, ‘Hey we made it, let’s bow out gracefully and be happy with what we did,’" Lillard said. "We’re going in there to take a swing. We’re coming in there to try and shock the world.”
The odds are certainly stacked against Lillard and the Blazers. A No. 8 seed has upset a No. 1 seed only five times in NBA history.