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The Portland Trail Blazers' rookie out of Weber State has quickly made himself noticed among his Western Conference rivals, boasting an average of 18.5 PPG and scoring at least 20 points in his last two games.
Lillard is part of a team that has demonstrated its fair share of struggle over the past few seasons; just when you thought the Blazers finally had all the pieces to get it together and really make a run in the West, something came along and the proverbial monkey wrench would be thrown.
However, with all the team's eyes being on Lillard, Portland finally has that one thing it has been lacking for so long: promise. Portland currently sports a 27-31 record, good for fourth in the Northwest Division and 10th in the West overall.
The team's playoff chances look slim at the moment, but its star guard still has a long road ahead of him, one that could hopefully lead to some progress for his squad.