When: Fri., Dec. 30, 7:30 p.m. 2016
During a recent road game, Portland Trail Blazers point guard and aspiring emcee Damian Lillard was greeted by taunts of “SoundCloud rapper” from unforgiving NBA fans in Milwaukee. While Dame Dolla’s skills on the mic are up for debate, his ability on the hardwood is undeniable. Lillard is posting a career-high 27 points per game this season, and will be a handful for the Spurs defensive duo of Danny Green and Kawhi Leonard. Former Blazer LaMarcus Aldridge is currently averaging the lowest points per contest since his rookie season, so a breakout game against his old squad is overdue. With Tim Duncan officially in the rearview mirror, San Antonio is counting on Aldridge to further embrace his role as a scorer and the team’s de facto dominant big man.