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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Articles tagged: Damian Lillard

Damian Lillard dissed Lakers after win

Damian Lillard couldn’t stop trampling on the Los Angeles Lakers on Monday.

After the Portland Trail Blazers guard dropped 39 points (including 19 in the fourth quarter) to lead the team to a comeback 108-103 win over the Lakers, he dropped a diss on the purple-and-gold in his postgame interview as well.

“You gotta take care of each game,” said Lillard of the victory. “Especially ones like this, against teams that’s not in the [playoff] race.”

Damn. The Lakers probably had to go straight for the IcyHot in the locker room after that one.

Lillard is speaking all facts here though — the win improved the Blazers to 38-26 on the year, putting them third in a tight Western Conference playoff race. Every one of those victories matters, especially against lesser teams like the Lakers, who are 11th in the West at 28-35 (seven games out of a playoff spot).

Granted, that cold hard truth is probably a bit of an unnecessary one at that. Part of it may be that Lillard does not have the best history with the Lakers.

Damian Lillard reacts to being snubbed in ESPN graphic

The disrespect never seems to stop for Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard.

ESPN posted a graphic to Twitter on Tuesday recognizing Chicago Bulls rookie Lauri Markkannen, who became the fastest player in NBA history to reach 100 career three-pointers made. The graphic compared Markkanen to other hardwood greats and how long it took them to accomplish the feat.

Alas, there was one glaring exclusion here: Lillard, who previously held the record with 100 triples made in 44 career games (compared to Markkanen’s 41). Soon afterwards, the Blazers called out ESPN for it on their Twitter page.

Lillard himself later got word, and he reacted with a fitting facepalm emoji.

Of course, Dame is no stranger to being snubbed, and he often appears to use the lack of respect as fuel for his competitive fire. At least if Lillard goes for 60 the next time the Blazers play the Bulls, we will know we have ESPN to blame.

Chris Paul appears to troll Damian Lillard over controversial late-game layup

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At 32 years old, Chris Paul appears to have finally run out of chill.

The Houston Rockets point guard took to Twitter on Thursday to post about his passing of the 16,000-point mark for his career, a feat that he achieved the night before in a 121-112 win over the Portland Trail Blazers.

Seems innocuous enough, right? Well upon further review, it appears that the image Paul posted was of the controversial layup he went up for in the closing seconds of the already-decided game, angering Blazers guard Damian Lillard.

What makes this apparent troll job even better is that the layup was not even Paul’s 16,000th point — he entered play on Wednesday with 15,995 points for his career, and the controversial bucket gave him 37 on the night.

Paul actually gave a pretty good answer when he was confronted by Lillard as to why he didn’t just run out the clock in a traditional show of sportsmanship, so it looks like he got the win on the court as well as on social media.

Chris Paul offers explanation for scoring late layup that upset Lillard

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Chris Paul offered a matter-of-fact explanation for why he went up for an uncontested layup instead of dribbling out the clock in the final seconds of the Houston Rockets’ win over the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday night.

The Rockets were up 119-112 on the Blazers with under 20 seconds left when Paul decided to go in for a layup to make it 121-112. The layup left Damian Lillard upset, and he let Paul know it.

So why did CP3 go in for the layup? Lillard says the Rockets guard told him it’s because Portland wasn’t defending the basket.

Lillard said after the game that he didn’t care for Paul’s actions. He felt it wasn’t very respectful or sportsmanlike.

We’ve seen teams make improbable comebacks in the past, so there’s never anything wrong with playing to the final whistle.

Sure, many players are content to dribble out the clock especially when opponents are conceding, but not Chris Paul.

Damian Lillard talks with security over mother’s incident with fan

Damian Lillard got distracted during the second quarter of the Portland Trail Blazers’ game against the Bulls in Chicago Monday because of something going on with his mom.

NBCSN Northwest’s Peter Socotch reported that Lillard talked to team security to address a situation going on with his mother.

Socotch believed that Lillard’s mom was upset over an incident with another fan.

Lillard has not played since Dec. 20 due to a hamstring injury, so he was not dressed for the game. He plans to return to action on Tuesday.

The Blazers were down 53-52 to the Bulls as of halftime.

Damian Lillard says fans taunted him with homophobic slurs in Minnesota

Damian Lillard was captured on a cell phone video confronting a group of fans outside the Target Center in Minnesota Monday night, and the Portland Trail Blazers star was apparently responding to having anti-gay slurs shouted in his direction.

ESPN’s Chris Haynes reported on Tuesday that two individuals shouted homophobic slurs at Lillard as he was walking to the bus following Portland’s 108-107 loss to the Timberwolves. Lillard confirmed the report.

“I don’t bother nobody,” he told Haynes. “They were straight disrespectful.”

You can see the videos below, which show Lillard trying to figure out who had shouted something at him.

A woman in the area pointed out one of the individuals, and the man reportedly apologized. Lillard addressed the incident on Twitter Monday night, noting that the person who took the video was not the one who shouted the slur.

It’s almost always best for athletes to ignore what fans say rather than giving them the attention they’re seeking, but sometimes frustrations boil over. The Blazers only attempted five free throws in the loss, and Lillard was clearly disappointed with the way the game was officiated. Perhaps that was part of the reason the fans set him off.

Lillard isn’t the first player we have seen confront a fan, and he won’t be the last. There’s a difference between lighthearted heckling and tossing anti-gay slurs around. The latter shouldn’t be tolerated.

Each NBA team’s most important player

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The mother of all NBA seasons is almost here. So as you finalize your League Pass subscriptions, complete your fantasy drafts, and prepare the guacamole for your watch parties, take some time to ponder the true meaning of the season — specifically, the benevolent stars who make such a joyous holiday possible with their prodigious athletic talents.

Here I present, each NBA team’s most important player heading into 2017-18:

Atlanta Hawks — Dennis Schroder, PG

“All my friends are dead,” said Schroder in his best Lil Uzi Vert voice as he gazed upon his roster following the respective exits of his last remaining All-Star teammates in Paul Millsap and Dwight Howard this summer. Yes, the Hawks are now as thin as a toothpick, and the incentive for them to “Do Badly for Bagley” or “Make The Fans Puka for Luka” will be enormous. But someone has to lead this JV squad, and their resident German is as good of an option as any. Perhaps we will see Dennis the Menace gun for 20 and 10. Maybe he develops some nice pick-and-roll chemistry with new additions Dewayne Dedmon and rookie John Collins. Perhaps he finally bleaches his entire head blonde. Anything to give this team a modicum of watchability this season.

Boston Celtics — Kyrie Irving

After selling an arm, a leg, and a hip for him this summer, the Celtics will hope that Irving’s performance in his first season with them does not fall flat. The outside noise in Uncle Drew’s ear will be deafening — mockery of his decision to ditch LeBron James and go off in search of his own empire, jeers at the perceived stagnation of his playmaking skills, pervasive meme treatments of his unorthodox views on astronomy. But Irving is here for one reason and one reason only: to ball out. And that’s what he’s gonna do. Just remember kids, there’s no such thing as distractions when you’re very much woke. [mic drop]


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