Should he shoot with reckless abandon, or continue to entrust his team mates to try and take advantage of the scoring opportunities presented by the Warriors?Golden State's strategy has turned Lillard from a cold-blooded shooter to a cautious deliberator while the reigning National Basketball Association champions have grabbed a 3-0 best-of-seven series lead.
Portland was expected to come out with added vigor and heart, especially due to the fact that they were playing in front of their home crowd at the Moda Center.
Portland led by 13 points at half-time, but were overwhelmed in the second half.
Having become the first squad in NBA history to rally from at least a 13-point deficit in consecutive playoff wins, the Warriors find themselves one victory away from a fifth consecutive trip to the NBA Finals. If Portland was going to make this a series, it would have been in game three.
Lillard, an Oakland native who would like nothing better than to get one more homecoming before the Warriors move to San Francisco next season, has been outscored 109-61 by Curry in the series. Klay Thompson is the third double-digit scorer and Draymond Green is grabbing 9.6 rebounds.
His intensity was on display on both ends of the court, and on the sidelines as he exhorted teammates to keep pushing. The Golden State Warriors are shooting 37.5 percent from beyond the arc and 82 percent from the free throw line.
DURING THE PLAYOFFS: Warriors: Averaging 117.1 points, 43.7 rebounds, 28.4 assists, 7.5 steals and 6.1 blocks per game while shooting 48.9 percent from the field.
Star defender Andre Iguodala left the game several times with what appeared to be a calf injury.
Like most Trail Blazers, Lillard has been most ineffective in third quarters in the series.
"We didn't want to risk anything and put him back in the game", Golden State coach Steve Kerr said.
"He's about to walk out of the huddle and I walk up to him and say, 'Jordan, listen, don't worry about the dunk". The Trail Blazers will try to fend off elimination when they host game four on Monday.