Damian Lillard Responds to Patrick Beverley, Paul George Taunts After Missed FTs

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistAugust 8, 2020

Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard (0) dribbles during the second half against the LA Clippers in an NBA basketball game Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP)
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Damian Lillard doesn't have a lot of bad moments on the basketball court, but members of the Los Angeles Clippers tried to get under his skin with taunts after he missed two free throws late in L.A.'s 122-117 win over the Portland Trail Blazers on Saturday. 

With the Blazers trailing 118-117 and 18.6 seconds remaining, Lillard missed two shots at the line, prompting this reaction from the Clippers bench:   

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Pat Bev and Marcus Morris' reactions to Dame missing potential game-winning free throws 😅 https://t.co/keEaBCQn3t

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Paul George: “Some people can play and talk and some people can’t.” (Video: @kylegoon) https://t.co/sySByKpjJL

Even though the Clippers were able to celebrate the victory, Lillard didn't go down without a fight. During the postgame press conference, he reminded Patrick Beverley and Paul George about the two walk-off three-pointers he knocked down to eliminate their teams from the postseason in 2014 and 2019, respectively.

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Damian Lillard on the antics of Patrick Beverly and Paul George down the stretch of today’s game. Lillard unloads. https://t.co/NFgEiiVHVi

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Blazers’ Damian Lillard on Clippers celebrating his missed clutch FTs: “That just shows what they expect from me down the stretch. They know what I do. [Patrick Beverley] saw it 1st hand when I was a 2nd year player and he was in Houston. I’m sure he has a great memory of that.” https://t.co/L7MxNF5O1E

George proceeded to reply on Instagram: 

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Paul George responds to Dame 😳 https://t.co/bu5aagQF15

Lillard didn't have a typical performance by his standards Saturday. The five-time All-Star scored 22 points on 10-of-23 shooting but made just two of 10 attempts from three-point range. 

Lillard and the Blazers may not get their chance at revenge this season unless the two teams meet again in the playoffs.