Portland came up just short in Minnesota Monday night (a rescheduled game from when condensation on the court forced cancellation of the game).
It wasn’t for lack of effort. With just a couple of minutes to go in a one-point game, Damian Lillard checked Ricky Rubio as he came down court with the ball, Lillard went for the steal and there was some contact, and then Lillard stumbled over and took out for seats in the front row.
Rubio and everyone else on the court kind of stops, looking at Lillard and waiting for a whistle, but one doesn’t come, so the Trail Blazers eventually move the ball and get off a shot, then play stops as the rebound caroms out of bounds.
Lillard was fine and stayed in the game, but he couldn’t will the Trail Blazers to the win. Portland is now 1.5 games up on Denver for the final playoff slot in the West.