"I feel like a play-in tournament would be perfect, just because we actually were in striking distance and also had enough games to get in the playoffs," Lillard said Wednesday on ESPN's Jalen & Jacoby. "But to that point, if they did decide that we're just gonna go straight to the playoffs, obviously, we would all be disappointed," Lillard added. He recently stated that he would not be participating in the 2019-2020 NBA season if the Trail Blazers don't have a chance to make the playoffs. Portland were 3½ games behind the Memphis Grizzlies for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference before the campaign was suspended due to the corona-virus pandemic. Lillard is having another incredible year, averaging 28.9 points, 4.3 rebounds, 7.8 assists, 1.0 steals and 3.9 triples across 58 games.