Damian Lillard on Paul George 'Bad Shot' Comment: If Anything, It's Bad Defense

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistApril 26, 2019

PORTLAND, OR - APRIL 23: Damian Lillard #0 of the Portland Trail Blazers looks on during a game against the Oklahoma City Thunder during Game Five Round One of the 2019 NBA Playoffs on April 23, 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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Portland Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard fired back Thursday at Oklahoma City Thunder small forward Paul George for calling his game-winning, series-clinching three in Game 5 a "bad shot."

Lillard said during an appearance on the Pull Up Podcast that "if anything, it was bad defense:"

The Blazers star seemed to catch George, who was playing man defense on the four-time All-Star selection, off guard in the final seconds of Game 5 as he dribbled out near the half-court line while the time ticked down before pulling up from 37 feet for the win.

Although it wasn't a traditional play—old-school thinking would suggest attacking the rim seeking a layup or foul in a tie game—it's far less surprising in the modern, three-centric NBA.

Lillard's long-range dagger pushed Portland through to the Western Conference's second round, where it face either the No. 2 seed Denver Nuggets or No. 7 seed San Antonio Spurs. Those teams will play Game 7 on Saturday night.

Meanwhile, OKC was knocked out of the postseason in the opening round for the third straight year.

Lillard continuing his red-hot play will be key to Portland advancing to the conference finals. He averaged 33.0 points, 6.0 assists, 4.4 rebounds and 2.4 steals during the Thunder series.

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