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VIDEO: Blazers’ Damian Lillard Targeted With Slurs by Fans After Timberwolves Game

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Portland Trailblazers’ guard Damian Lillard was on the receiving end of anti-gay slurs outside of the arena after Portland’s loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday night.

The incident occurred as Lillard was walking to the team bus following the game.

“I don’t bother nobody,” Lillard said to ESPN. “They were straight disrespectful.”

Upon hearing the slurs Lillard walked over to the fans and demanded to know who was saying them. A video captured his doing so.

You can see the video below:

Lillard finished with 17 points, eight rebounds and 13 assists in the loss.

“We had a lead,” Lillard said of the loss and the Blazers blown lead.

“I think, on our part, that was the main thing is the (17) turnovers. But when you get away with a lot of that stuff, maybe those get cut in half if you’re not allowed to grab and all that stuff. Half of those things may not happen. Maybe we’ve just got to be stronger with the ball and make smarter plays.

At crucial moments, we’re making plays and trying to score and guys getting hit, guys literally out there grabbing my arms. I got hit in the face one time, and it’s like in shooting motion. It’s a clear, easy play, and it’s impacting the game.”

 

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Timberwolves’ Andrew Wiggins Says He’s Never Had Issues with Jimmy Butler

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Despite rumors indicating otherwise, Minnesota Timberwolves swingman Andrew Wiggins says that he has never had an issue with disgruntled superstar Jimmy Butler, amid reports that Butler has problems with players such as Wiggins and Karl-Anthony Towns.

“We’ve never had any major problems. No problems at all,” Wiggins said, according to Jon Krawczynski of The Athletic. “Even when everyone said all that stuff happened in practice, nothing had to do with me. I was just there hooping.

“But everyone has something to say. Once it’s out there, then everyone has their own opinion. The story gets broken down into 1,000 pieces. But at the end of the day, we’re all here to hoop. It’s always a plus to have Jimmy on the team.”

Naturally, with Butler still on the team, it’s politically correct for Wiggins to shoot down rumors of a rift, and Wiggins took that approach when fielding questions regarding the Butler drama that has engulfed the team for the past few weeks.

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Wolves’ Jimmy Butler Tells Teammates ‘Don’t worry about Thibs’

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Minnesota Timberwolves superstar Jimmy Butler, who has pressed the team to trade him, had a message for his teammates ahead of their season-opening loss to the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday night; Don’t worry about head coach Tom Thibodeau.

“Don’t worry about Thibs. I got him.” Butler said, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic. “Just hoop, I told them, and I think that I can get Thibs to relax a little bit.”

“He’s never going to say anything about offense as long as you go down there and play with effort on the defensive end and get a couple stops,” Butler continued. “It’s whenever you’re not getting stops when he starts yelling.”

“I think Thibs has calmed down a lot, and guys are playing with effort. It’s never about offense. We’re always going to score enough points. It’s all about getting stops.”

Minnesota struggled during the preseason and Karl-Anthony Towns had a dreadful opening night, but Butler wants his coach to let his guys play, and chill out a bit.

“Thibs didn’t exert as much energy as he always does the past few weeks,h e needs to do that more: Sit down, take the load off and trust your guys to get a W.”

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Wolves’ Glen Taylor Doesn’t Plan to Sell Team Amid Jimmy Butler Drama

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Minnesota Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor isn’t going to let all the drama surrounding the current fiasco involving star forward Jimmy Butler, who is strong arming his way out of town via trade, force his hand in selling the team.

Instead, Taylor is firmly staying the course.

“No, no, we will get through this,” Taylor proclaimed, during an interview with The Star Tribune. “The changes we have to make, we will get through this. I’ll just keep working and doing the best I can on it to keep our team very competitive.”

Taylor says that the team is instead focusing on their goal of earning a playoff berth in a competitive Western Conference field.

“I think that we have probably pretty well already sold the [season] tickets,” Taylor said. “I just think a lot of people are concerned as to how this will affect the team, and I understand that. That is why if we’re going to do a trade, it’s important that we do a trade that helps our team and keeps us competitive.”

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