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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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Grizzlies’ Tyus Jones Excited for New Team, Thankful for Time in Minnesota

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Memphis Grizzlies guard Tyus Jones is excited for what will come next in his career with his new team, but he is also appreciative of his time with the Minnesota Timberwolves, who gave him the chance to play in his home state.

“I’ve just got a lot of emotions right now,” Jones said, according to Jon Krawczynski of The Athletic.

“I don’t really know how exactly to feel. I’m just excited. I’m just ready for my next chapter of my career and my life.”

Jones showed his appreciation to the Wolves.

“I’m thankful. It’s a situation where I was fortunate enough to be able to play in my home state, and for four years at that,” Jones said. “A lot of people don’t get the opportunity to do that. For me, it’s a chance to play in my home state as my first taste of the NBA and to help me get acclimated to the NBA lifestyle.

“It was nothing but a blessing. I am very thankful for that and look at it as nothing but a positive. Now I get to take that next step in my journey and my career, and I’m excited for that.”

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Wolves’ Ryan Saunders Believes Andrew Wiggins Will Have ‘Breakout Year’

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Andrew Wiggins

Minnesota Timberwolves head coach Ryan Saunders believes a big year is on the horizon for the struggling Andrew Wiggins, who many believe is losing the confidence of the organization.

Despite the rumors, Saunders isn’t ready to give up on Wiggins just yet.

“We look forward to him having a breakout year” Saunders said, during an appearance on NBA TV during Summer League action.

“He’s already in the gym, and we feel confident about Andrew in that sense” Saunders stated.

Wiggins logged 18.1 points, 4.8 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.0 steal per game last season with Minnesota, but the production still isn’t on par with the team’s expectations.

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Heat Interested in Andrew Wiggins

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The Miami Heat are interested in Minnesota Timberwolves wing Andrew Wiggins, according to Hoops Inq’s Trey Rodriguez.

Wiggins has four years and around $122.2 million left on his current contract, which expires after the 2022-23 season, so picking him up would be costly, financially, for the Heat.

Wiggins averaged 18.1 points, 4.8 rebounds, 2.5 assists per game last season for the Wolves.

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