Damian Lillard When Asked About Playing Like Curry: 'I Was Being Damian Lillard'

Thomas Duffy@@TJDhoopsFeatured ColumnistFebruary 29, 2016

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Portland Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard dropped 20 points on 7-of-9 shooting in the first quarter against the Indiana Pacers on Sunday. He finished with 33 points in a 111-102 victory.

But don't compare him to Stephen Curry.

After the game, the All-Star snub was asked a question that likened his opening period to the Baby-Faced Assassin. Lillard wasn't having it:

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"I was being Damian Lillard." -- @Dame_Lillard responding to a question about "playing like Stephen Curry" in the first quarter

On Saturday, Curry hit a mammoth game-winner against the Oklahoma City Thunder after erupting for 46 points on 12-of-16 shooting from deep. A ton of his peers praised himΒ online, including Dame:

But now, he's over it.

Update from Friday, March 11

Lillard touched on the topic again a day before the Trail Blazers were set to take on the Warriors, per Joe Freeman of theΒ Oregonian:

I respect Steph Curry. Because what he's doing is amazing. But I'm my own man. So don't come to me and say I'm impersonating him. You telling me I'm impersonating somebody by doing well at my job is disrespectful. ...

I just think you respect the man as the man that they are. You can respect what Steph Curry's doing and love what Steph Curry's doing. But that has nothing to do with me. I'm my own man.

--End of Update--