World news – Paul George: Damian Lillard’s 2019 clincher against Thunder was ‘Great Shot’


George got to enjoy Dame Time as a teammate during Sunday’s All-Star game when Lillard drained a shot from a step on half-pitch to score a 170-150 win for Team LeBron against Team Durant. The Portland Trail Blazers security guard finished 8-of-16 from depth with 32 points. That’s exactly what Team LeBron teammate Stephen Curry shot out of three.

« Well, I think I was criticized for the right reason for calling a lady’s shot in the playoffs a bad shot, » George said as he followed up asked his infamous comments about the 2019 playoff series. « I mean, I see this guy’s range is insane … it’s a great shot. »

I asked Paul George about the range in today’s NBA.

PG: Well, I think I was criticized for the right reason for describing a lady’s shot in the playoffs as a bad shot. I mean, I see this guy’s reach is insane.

Me: « So that’s not a bad shot anymore? »

PG: « It’s a great shot. Two thumbs up. »

Lillard sent George’s Oklahoma City Thunder home with a deep three from the playoffs in 2019, and George said it was a « bad shot » after that game.

Lillards Shot over George in that playoff match topped an emotional series that included high pressure moments and back and forth between the Trail Blazer guard and Russell Westbrook. He waved the dagger over to OKC’s bench, then responded to George’s comments The Pull Up Podcast said, « If anything, it was a bad defense. »

George acknowledged that the range of players like Lillard and Curry has changed thinking about what is a good one in today’s NBA makes a bad shot. It’s no longer the best game at the time of winning to always attack the basket hoping to foul or get a light finish on the edge, especially with smaller guards who can trip up triple with a quick flick of the wrist.

The fourth quarter is almost synonymous with « Dame Time » when Portland is largely on the ground because Lillard can do just that.

Lillard may have surprised George in 2019 when he came up from the depths has pulled, but the Los Angeles Clippers swingman will at least expect something similar when his two teams meet in this year’s playoffs of the loaded Western Conference.

The Clippers are # 4 in the West, while the Trail Blazers which are No. 5. That means they could be on a first lap collision course.

LBJ tweeted about « finally » speaking with Steph: « Well overdue and I loved every single second !! »


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