After Damian Lillard dropped 33 points a road loss to the Miami Heat on Tuesday, LaMarcus Aldridge compared the impressive rookie to the Portland Trail Blazer's last star guard, Brandon Roy.

“The thing that probably stands out the most is his pace and poise,’’ Aldridge said of Lillard. “He’s a Brandon Roy-type player in that he’s come into the league knowing how to play at a different pace, to not speed up. A lot of guards don’t understand that early on, but he has definitely learned that he can dictate the pace out there.’’

“Just like everybody has seen LeBron do that, we are getting used to the things Damian can do,’’ Terry Stotts added.