Damian Lillard believes the Portland Trail Blazers would be a tougher playoff opponent for the Los Angeles Lakers than the Memphis Grizzlies.
The Blazers and the Grizzlies were fighting for the eighth place in the playoffs prior to the NBA suspension.
“I just feel like that would be the matchup people want to see. And not to say nobody wants to see Memphis, because they’re in the eighth and they’ve been in the eighth spot for a while. They’ve earned that. You can’t take anything away from Memphis. They play hard, they’re exciting and they’ve got a lot of young talent.
The Lakers would have their hands full playing against them. Memphis beat the Lakers this year. Memphis would have nothing to lose. I feel like both series could be a little bit hectic for the Lakers, but I think more so us, because of the experience and where we are in our careers.
Not too long ago, we played them in L.A. and obviously I had a great game and we won a close one, and in the playoffs, I’m sure they would come up with some type of game plan to not allow that to happen. But I want to compete. That’s what we want,” Lillard told Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports.