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Damian Lillard felt disrespected by Chris Paul's late layup

Lillard wasn't at all pleased with Houston Rockets guard Chris Paul charging down for a layup rather than dribbling out the closing seconds.


Kahron Spearman


Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard wasn't at all pleased with Houston Rockets guard Chris Paul charging down for a layup rather than dribbling out the closing seconds of Houston's 121-112 win on Wednesday.

"I just asked him, I said, 'What did you get out of that?', he said to Joe Freeman of the Oregonian (h/t Bleacher Report.) "He said, 'Y'all wasn't guarding.' But we got back. There was two guys back. We got back. He was sprinting the court to get the layup and CJ [McCollum] was chasing him. I just felt like in that situation, if you've got to do that to go get the layup, what's the point of it?"

I think as far as sportsmanship goes and respect, if the roles were reversed, I don't think they would like it. They had two guys up the floor. I think [Shabazz Napier] ran back, I ran back for that reason ... we get two guys back and he pretty much sprinted down the court to get the layup. CJ was chasing him. At that point, you just wonder, like, what is that going to do for you? What was you trying to get right there? And that's what I asked him.

Damian Lillard
Guard, Portland Trailblazers

Lillard finished with 35 points and six assists, while Paul had 26 points and seven assists.

Paul has a long history of antagonization with certain players, especially those at his position or big men he believes he can rattle. 

It hasn't always worked, however (see Curry, Stephen). 

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