After Lillard's hit, it should not have been possible to find a thunderbolt some way to shame more myself. They were simply eliminated from single-player playoffs who had spent a good track of the regular season and all three players personally opposed. When the intimidation campaign reacts so animated, the last thing one of the owners has to do is raise a protester finger and say, "Well, in fact we had it right where we wanted it!"
Also, George is not even right. According to NBA.com statistics, Lillard shot 4-in-4 in the series of photos that were 30-34 feet from the basket. He made 48% of all his shots that were more than 24 meters long, and only in Game 5 made three shots of over 30 feet, including the incredible buzzer. Such an absurd long distance accuracy is also not specific to this series. During the regular season, Lillard shoots 34 percent of the 30-34 feet, which is a very good professional NBA game that will be happy to shoot with the toes. An interesting but ultimately useless thought experiment is to imagine what NBA fans would do from Lillard if Steph Curry had never come to put his flag in the outer edges of the NBA shootout. No player comes close to matching the Curry range or the crazy combination of shooting and confident capabilities, but even making such a comparison unjustly reduces what Lillard is capable of. K2 may not be as tall as Everest, but it's still tall, you know?
Today, however, Lillard stands alone in the clouds. The first stage of the NBA playoffs belonged to him and him, and now he is the author of one of the biggest single shots he will ever see. This time is probably not going to last forever – Kerry and James Harden and Janice Antetokunppo are on the horizon, but Lilard seems ready to use it for as long as he can.