Terry Stotts: 'Damian Lillard proved his worth'

Portland Trail Blazers' Damian Lillard in action during the Taco Bell Skills Challenge on February 16, 2013
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Portland Trail Blazers coach Terry Stotts claims that Damian Lillard showed that he is ready for the playoffs following their overtime win against the Houston Rockets.

Portland Trail Blazers coach Terry Stotts has claimed that Damian Lillard showed that he is ready for the playoffs, as the post-season debutant helped his side record a 122-120 overtime win against the Houston Rockets.

Playing in his first ever post-season for the Blazers, Lillard added 31 points and nine boards to help push his side to victory.

"It was a Damian Lillard performance. Damian rises to the occasion," Stotts told reporters after the game.

"For all those people who were wanting to know if he was ready for the playoffs, I think he answered that question."

Lillard will have his chance to shine again on Wednesday as the sides meet for Game Two at the Toyota Center.

LaMarcus Aldridge #12 of the Portland Trail Blazers reacts during the final moments of the opening night NBA game against the Phoenix Suns at US Airways Center on October 30, 2013
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