Damian Lillard Hopes to Play Less for Improved Blazers

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Damian Lillard Hopes to Play Less for Improved Blazers
Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

Damian Lillard doesn't want to lead the NBA in minutes played again. The Portland Trail Blazers point guard got a taste of that workload during his rookie of the year season, and he didn't like it. "Sometimes when you're out there (playing) so many minutes, your body can wear down," Lillard told USA TODAY Sports. "So you're not always productive at the highest levels because you might be worn down." Lillard, drafted fourth overall out of Weber State in 2012, averaged 19.0 points and 6.5 assists a game last season. But the Blazers, who finished 11th in the Western Conference, lacked depth at every position, so he also played 38.6 minutes a game and an NBA-best 3,167 overall.

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