Blazers' Damian Lillard Says He Won't Play Without Path to Postseason

Blazers’ Lillard says he won’t play without ‘true opportunity’ at playoffs

Blazers’ Lillard says he won’t play without ‘true opportunity’ at playoffs

"I'm going to do all that (expletive) and then I'm going to be sitting right on that bench during the games", the Blazers guard said to Yahoo Sports. "If they come back and say it's something like a tournament, play-in style, between the No. 7 and No. 12 seeds, if we're playing for playoff spots, then I think that's ideal". "I'm telling you that right now", Lillard said. "That's what we want", Lillard told Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports.

"I feel like a play-in tournament would be ideal, just because we actually were in striking distance and also had enough games to get in the playoffs", Lillard said. "I'm going to do all that [expletive] and then I'm going to be sitting right on that bench during the games", Lillard told Yahoo Sports.

"If they come back and say it's something like a tournament, play-in style, between the No. 7 and No. 12 seeds, if we're playing for playoff spots, then I think that's flawless", he said.

While it would be a bold statement to sit out, Lillard can't be the only player who feels that way.

The NBA has yet to set a date for its possible return to play. although reports have indicated the league is in talks with Disney's resort in Orlando, Fla.to resume the final games of its season there this summer.

If the National Basketball Association resumes the 2019-20 season and shortens the season by 12 games, don't expect Damian Lillard to be out there.

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Lillard said he would favor the league deciding to have a play-in for the playoffs among the No. 7-No.

The Trail Blazers are now ninth in the Western Conference with a 29-37 record, 3.5 games back of the Memphis Grizzlies for the final playoff spot.

The Blazers and the Grizzlies were fighting for the eighth place in the playoffs prior to the National Basketball Association suspension.

"I just feel like that would be the matchup people want to see", Lillard told Yahoo Sports.

He said he wants to play and would rather see the league come up with a better way to finish up the season. Many scenarios - including advancing straight to the playoffs, expanding the tournament and doing away with conferences - are in play, as well as the possibility that teams could continue the regular season from where they left off when the season was suspended on March 11. So now, they won't be coming back as the only rusty players. The Lakers would have their hands full playing against them. Memphis beat the Lakers this year. And if we start playing, I'll be ready to play. But I want to compete.

Over the weekend, National Basketball Association commissioner Adam Silver sent a memo to general managers soliciting their input about formats for returning to play.

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