Steven Adams on Damian Lillard Blindside Screen: 'Not My Problem, Really'

Kyle Newport@@KyleNewportFeatured ColumnistApril 17, 2019

PORTLAND, OR - APRIL 16: Steven Adams #12 of the Oklahoma City Thunder talks with Damian Lillard #0 of the Portland Trail Blazers during Game Two of Round One of the 2019 NBA Playoffs on April 16, 2019 at the Moda Center in Portland, Oregon. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2019 NBAE (Photo by Sam Forencich/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams isn't apologizing for his hard screen on Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard late in Game 2 on Tuesday night.

With Portland holding a comfortable lead in the latter half of the fourth quarter, the 7'0", 265-pound Adams caught an unsuspecting Lillard, who measures in at 6'3" and 195 pounds, with a hard screen around half court to free up teammate Russell Westbrook:

Lillard appeared to take exception to that move, leading to the two exchanging words moments later at the first stoppage in play.

Adams made it clear after the game that if Lillard is mad at anyone, it should be at his Portland teammates, not the OKC big man, via ESPN's Royce Young:

Lillard and the Trail Blazers got the last laugh on this night, though, in the form of a 114-94 victory to take a 2-0 series lead. Lillard had 29 points and six assists in the win, while Adams had 16 points and nine rebounds in a losing effort.  

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