CJ and Dame pay tribute to their Moms

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Portland Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum, right, drives past Denver Nuggets forward Mason Plumlee in the first half of Game 7 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series Sunday, May 12, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/John Leyba)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Before the Blazers came back to win a thrilling Game 7 in Denver on Sunday, teammates talked about the important people who made that possible.

Their moms.

CJ McCollum and Damian Lillard were asked what playing in front of their mothers on their special day meant to them.

“Moms are very important in this world. I’m very thankful to have a mother in my life. It’s unfortunate that she has to spend Mother’s Day at the game, but I’m sure she’ll enjoy it if we’re able to come away with the win,” McCollum said. “She’s had a lot of good Mother’s Day in the past, and I always tell her everyday is Mother’s Day so I’m sure she’ll be alright.”

Damian Lillard said it’s “just another game but it’s not just another day. Obviously none of us would be here without our mothers. They go through the most pain and the most stress and suffering to give us life, but my relationship with my mother is special.”

He said his mom was always in his corner.

“There’s a lot of people who don’t have someone in their corner 100 % of the time, somebody who supports them 100% of the time, show love, teach you, care about you, make sure you have everything that you need, teach you to be the right kind of person.”

On Tuesday, Lillard won’t just be playing in front of his mom. He’ll be playing in his hometown of Oakland.

Game 1 of the Best-of-7 Western Conference Finals begins Tuesday.
Games 3 and 4 will be in Portland at the Moda Center.

Watch: 6 Things to Know about CJ McCollum

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