Damian Lillard. Hand in face. Three-point shot for the win. Nothing but net. Even though the NBA regular season is just 25 percent completed, unless another rookie steps up his performance considerably the rest of the way, Portland Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard can clear a place on his bookshelf for the Rookie of the Year award. Expected to be a one-man race – New Orleans Hornets rookie power forward Anthony Davis was the preseason consensus choice – Lillard has soared to the top and put plenty of distance between himself and those who chase him.
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