Damian Lillard: Blazers guard is the NBA bubble MVP

With all due respect to Devin Booker, MJ, er, TJ Warren, and everyone else in the NBA Bubble, there’s one player who is my runaway MVP for the playoff preamble: Damian Lillard.

Dame has put up two monster performances since his late-game folly against the Clippers—a 51-point showing against the Sixers, and then a bonkers, no-holds-barred 61-point barrage against the Mavericks. Lillard’s scoring binge during the seeding round is reason enough for him to be—at the very least—in the running for Bubble MVP. It’s the stakes attached to every single one of his performances that should make him the winner.