Portland Trailblazers guard Damian Lillard is taking issue with the actions of Houston Rockets guard Chris Paul, who opted for a layup rather than dribbling out the clock in the closing seconds of Houston’s 121-112 win over Portland.
The two All-Stars had a brief exchange at the conclusion of the game, and Lillard smacked the ball out of Paul’s hands as the conversation ended.
“I just asked him, I said, ‘What did you get out of that?’ He said, ‘Y’all wasn’t guarding.’ But we got back. There was two guys back. We got back. He was sprinting the court to get the layup and CJ [McCollum] was chasing him. I just felt like in that situation, if you’ve got to do that to go get the layup, what’s the point of it?”
Lillard made the comments in a conversation with Joe Freeman of the Oregonian after the game.
“I think as far as sportsmanship goes and respect, if the roles were reversed, I don’t think they would like it. They had two guys up the floor. I think [Shabazz Napier] ran back, I ran back for that reason … we get two guys back and he pretty much sprinted down the court to get the layup. CJ was chasing him. At that point, you just wonder, like, what is that going to do for you? What was you trying to get right there? And that’s what I asked him.”
Despite the losing effort, Lillard player well, posting 29 points, eight assists and five rebounds in the losing effort.