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Saturday, December 15, 2018

Chris Paul offers explanation for scoring late layup that upset Lillard

Chris Paul Damian Lillard

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.

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