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Damian Lillard calls out ‘clown’ Blazers writer over report

Damian Lillard

Damian Lillard is going after a local Portland writer over a recent report.

John Canzano of The Oregonian reported on Thursday that the Blazers guard, who just earned First Team All-NBA honors, requested a follow-up meeting with team owner Paul Allen. Canzano quoted a league source in his report.

On Friday, Lillard himself took an opportunity to respond, tweeting out a link to the story and attacking the credibility of the “clown” Canzano.

Lillard, 27, averaged 26.9 points (a career-high) and 6.6 assists per game this season, leading the Blazers to the No. 3 seed in the West. However, they were disappointingly swept by the New Orleans Pelicans in the first round.

While the Lillard has every right to be frustrated, it does not sound like things have quite escalated to the point where he is calling for additional meetings with ownership. Interestingly enough though, the All-Star guard is not the first Blazer to call out a member of the Portland media in the last month.

Damian Lillard has funny response to All-NBA haters

Damian Lillard

When the All-NBA teams were released on Thursday, one of the biggest shocks of all was seeing that Damian Lillard was named first-team All-NBA. Lillard didn’t even make the All-Star team in the previous two seasons, but he got some of the best possible recognition with a first-team All-NBA nod.

Lillard’s selection was met with plenty of surprise, and even led some to use the “BBQ Becky” meme on him. Lillard decided to respond to the haters by posting a photo of the meme and a shrugging emoji.

The meme is taken after a grumpy white woman who called the police on two black people who were barbecuing at the park and is used to depict someone spoiling the fun for black people in an innocuous situation. Clearly Lillard isn’t going to let the haters ruin his moment. Maybe all of his complaining finally paid off.

Old Blazers tweets are fitting amid playoff struggles

Rajon Rondo

New Orleans Pelicans guards Jrue Holiday and Rajon Rondo put the Portland Trail Blazers to the sword in Tuesday night’s Game 2 of the Western Conference quarterfinals, and it sounds like the Blazers should have seen it coming.

Holiday led the charge, dropping 33 on the Blazers, while Rondo, not known for his three-point shooting, made two of them, including a backbreaker in the final minute to more or less seal the game for the Pelicans.

It didn’t take long for a pair of years-old tweets from Blazers guards Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum to surface that seemed quite clairvoyant.

Accurate on both counts. Holiday even has ownership of the Blazers now. Portland is down 2-0 and will need to win one on the road just to avoid being swept.

15 players who will shape the NBA playoffs

James harden

This NBA season has been one for the books. Think of all the narratives: the drama-filled Cavs, the injury-riddled Celtics, the red-hot Rockets and Raptors, the crazy trade deadline, the inconsistent Warriors — the list goes on.

With the playoffs approaching (they start this Saturday), we still don’t know which teams will match up. Will Houston square off with Utah, New Orleans, San Antonio, Oklahoma City, Minnesota, or Denver? Considering the unpredictability of this season, your guess is as good as mine.

Though we don’t yet know which teams will see each other, we do have an idea of which players will play a salient role in shaping the NBA playoffs. Here’s a look at 15 of those players.

15. Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks

The Greek Freak has looked a year away from total domination this season. Though many fans expected the Bucks would make the leap to become an Eastern Conference contender this year, the squad has disappointed. They underperformed with Jason Kidd, who was fired midway through the season, and they’ve underperformed with Joe Prunty. Giannis will need to be at his best — he’ll need to be ready now — for Milwaukee to steal a series. He missed Saturday’s game against New York with ankle soreness, the sixth game he’s missed this year.

14. Chris Paul, Houston Rockets

Mike D’Antoni and Daryl Morey both seemed supremely confident the Chris Paul/James Harden experiment would be a hit. This season has made them look like prophets. The Rockets, behind their voluminous three-point shooting, have been easily the best team in the league, cruising to a 64-16 record. Their postseason success will ultimately boil down to the success of their two stars. Paul has never made it to the NBA Finals — could this be the year he finally breaks through? He has his best supporting cast to date.

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Damian Lillard expected to return from ankle injury on Saturday

Damian Lillard

Damian Lillard’s absence will be a brief one.

Lillard has been upgraded to probable for Portland’s game on Saturday in San Antonio, and Yahoo’s Shams Charania says he is expected to play. The point guard missed the Trail Blazers’ loss to Houston on Thursday to rest his sprained ankle.

Lillard hurt his ankle in a defeat at Dallas on Tuesday and said he would be “smart” about not pushing himself with the playoffs coming up to avoid making the situation worse.

Portland has a two-game lead over the Jazz for the No. 3 spot in the West with three games remaining.

Damian Lillard reportedly day-to-day with sprained ankle

Damian Lillard

Damian Lillard is day-to-day with a sprained ankle and he is expected to miss Portland’s next game, according to a report.

Yahoo’s Shams Charania reports the news on Lillard and says the point guard will likely miss the Blazers’ game on Thursday in Houston.

Lillard suffered a sprained ankle in the Trail Blazers’ loss to the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday night. He was seen limping after the game and was transported out of the locker room on a cart.

Lillard said at the time that he would be “smart” about the way he handled the injury with the playoffs coming up. The Blazers hold a three-game lead over Utah for the third spot in the Western Conference and have four games left on their schedule.

Damian Lillard seen limping after spraining ankle

Damian Lillard

Damian Lillard was seen limping after the Portland Trail Blazers’ 115-109 loss to the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday night due to a sprained ankle.

Lillard scored 29 points and played the entire game in the defeat. NBC Sports Northwest’s Jason Quick said that Lillard had his ankle examined after the game and that the point guard was limping.

Lillard said he would be “smart” about managing the injury so that he won’t have issues entering the playoffs.

The 48-30 Blazers have a day off before facing the Rockets in Houston on Thursday. Lillard is averaging 26.7 points, 4.5 rebounds and 6.6 assists per game.

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