Damian Lillard Rips Paul George: 'Keep Switching Teams...You Boys Is Chumps'

Blake SchusterAnalyst IIAugust 8, 2020

Los Angeles Clippers guard Paul George (13) looks to pass as Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard (0) and center Jusuf Nurkic (27) defend during the second half in an NBA basketball game Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP)
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Just because the game is over doesn't mean the chirping has to stop. 

The Los Angeles Clippers defeated the Portland Trail Blazers 122-117 on Saturday following two missed free throws by Damian Lillard that would've given Portland the lead with 18.6 seconds left.

Paul George and Patrick Beverley taunted Lillard after his missed free throws, and the Blazers guard reminded them what he was capable of during his postgame press conference.

The three continued to trash-talk via Instagram, which led to Lillard calling out George for switching teams as he searches for an NBA title. He wrote: "Keep switching teams. ... You boys is chumps."

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Lillard said he took the Clippers' celebration of his missed free throws as a sign of respect.

The Indiana Pacers traded Paul George to the Oklahoma City Thunder in 2017 with a year left on his contract after it became clear George wouldn't re-sign with the club that drafted him 10th overall in 2010. Two seasons later, George requested and was granted a trade to the Los Angeles Clippers to join Kawhi Leonard, who led the Toronto Raptors to a title in 2018-19. 

Lillard and the Trail Blazers eliminated George's OKC in the first round last year in five games. Portland took down Beverley's Houston Rockets in six games during the 2014 playoffs.

All three players are still searching for their first NBA title, yet Lillard is the only one trying to do so with the only franchise he has ever known. 

Portland is currently 1.5 games back of the Memphis Grizzlies for the eighth seed in the Western Conference but could force a play-in game if the team remains in ninth place and within four games of the No. 8 spot. The Blazers have three games left to play in the bubble but won't get to see the Clippers unless they meet in the playoffs.