FILE – In this May 3, 2016, file photo, Portland Trail Blazers’ Damian Lillard pauses during free throws during the second half in Game 2 of a second-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Golden State Warriors, in Oakland, Calif. The start of Lillard’s playoff series against Golden State has been rough. As Lillard goes, often so do the Trail Blazers. Portland is down 2-0, but Lillard seems to perform best when tested. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)
Erik Gundersen is the Trail Blazers beat reporter for The Columbian. He's a graduate of the Allen School of Journalism and Communication at the University of Oregon in addition earning a degree in Spanish. He's covered the NBA for four seasons. You can also occasionally find his work on ESPN.com's NBA section for their TrueCities series. He also fist-bumped with Kanye West once. Follow @BlazerBanter on twitter for more Blazers and NBA news.