On Saturday, Damian Lillard will have about three hours where he has nothing scheduled as part of the NBA All-Star weekend.


Lillard had spent two hectic days fulfilling all manner of duties related to his inclusion in two All-Star events. On Friday, he played in the Rising Stars Challenge along with nine other rookies and 10 second-year players and contributed 18 points and five assists for Team Shaq, which lost to Team Chuck 163-135 at the Toyota Center.

The game was the typical defensively-challenged all-star affair, and Lillard had a few highlights, including two of his signature step-back three-pointers and an alley-oop dunk on a nice pass from Cleveland’s Kyrie Irving.

But Lillard also missed eight three-pointers, and late in the game – when the teams quit playing defense completely, and it turned into a dunking exhibition – he tried a double-clutch reverse dunk, but turned his ankle and missed, although he did manage to bank the ball in for a basket. He said his ankle is fine.

“It was cool,” Lillard said. “In these types of games, it’s hard to figure out how you’re supposed to play. You don’t want to be too cool, you don’t want to be out there looking like it’s a regular game. But it was fun just to be out there with different players.”

Lillard had been a main topic of conversation surrounding the Rising Stars game. He is, after all, considered the overwhelming favorite to win the Rookie of the Year award after winning the Western Conference Rookie of the Month award all three times it has been handed out this season. Lillard is averaging 18.3 points, 6.5 assists and 38.5 minutes, leading all rookies in those categories by a wide margin.