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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’ Glen Taylor Happy with Ryan Saunders

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When the Minnesota Timberwolves fired head coach Tom Thibodeau, there was speculation that team owner Glen Taylor would be in hot pursuit of former Chicago Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg.

But, with the early success of interim head coach Ryan Saunders, Taylor is happy to stick to the current course, despite having a conversation with Hoiberg following his dismissal from the Bulls.

“We spent time on (Chicago) and what he wanted to do in the future,” Taylor said of his discussion with Hoiberg, according to Danny Lawhon of The Des Moines Register.

“We had already made up our mind on Ryan, because Ryan has worked with these players, been there all year. That was the easiest way to make the transition.”

Hoiberg has ties to the organization, having played two seasons in Minnesota and also served in the team’s front office following his retirement.

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Timberwolves’ Karl-Anthony Towns Discusses Ryan Saunders’ Coaching Debut

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Minnesota Timberwolves head coach Ryan Saunders, who took over after the firing of Tom Thibodeau, made history with a shocking win in his debut, but also impressed his team in the process.

Wolves’ big man Karl-Anthony Towns spoke about Saunders following Minnesota’s win over the Oklahoma City Thunder.

“He showed his whole coaching repertoire tonight,” Towns said, according to Jon Krawczynski of The Athletic. “…He stayed as composed as anybody tonight. Gave us positive energy. Kept telling us to fight and kept making the right moves. He was playing chess the whole night and came out with checkmate.”

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Timberwolves’ Jeff Teague Out Additional 7-10 Days

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Minnesota Timberwolves point guard Jeff Teague will miss an additional 7-10 days due to a lingering ankle injury, the same one that has kept him out of the past 2 games.

Wolves head coach Tom Thibodeau announced the update on Teague’s status on Friday, according to Wolvers radio commentator Alan Horton.

Derrick Rose will continue to play Teague’s minutes until he is able to return.

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