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Dame Jr. steals the show at Blazers game

The Prince of Portland warmed hearts before the game with his dogged pursuit of a basketball and enlightened all with his charming locker room banter after the game.

PORTLAND, Ore. — The Portland Trail Blazers had a very special guest at the Moda Center on Monday night.

Damian Lillard Jr. proved to be the cutest good-luck charm imaginable. He warmed up the crowd (and Twitter) with his pregame antics, arriving in style at the arena with his dad, and then chasing a basketball across the court. 

Dame Jr. then watched his father pour in a smooth 30 points, three of which came from this halfcourt heave to beat the third-quarter buzzer, helping the Blazers beat the Charlotte Hornets, 115-112.

After the game, the Blazers' social media team drew the obvious parallel between Dame Jr. and Baby Yoda.

But the Prince of Portland saved his best for last, grabbing the postgame microphone in the locker room to enlighten us with his manners, his wit and his charm.

We're in love.

We put up a fun, little poll on Twitter this morning. Our intent? To prove that Dame Jr. is the cutest baby of them all. After all, the official position at KGW is we love Baby Yoda but we love Dame Jr. even more.

Credit: Bruce Ely, Portland Trail Blazers
Damian Lillard Jr. on the Moda Center court in Portland, Ore.

Jared Cowley writes about the Trail Blazers and other topics for KGW.com and is the co-host of KGW's 3-on-3 Blazers podcast. Have questions or comments for the 3-on-3 Blazers team? Email them here.

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