Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard heard and saw the taunting of Los Angeles Clippers' Patrick Beverley and Paul George and he didn't fail to respond in style. The Trail Blazers missed out on a great chance to beat the Clippers on Saturday as they lost 122-117 after the Clippers finished the match on a 7-0 run to steal the win from the Trail Blazers.
Lillard, the biggest name on the Trail Blazers roster, is well-known for his clutchness and when crunch-time comes and the guard is on the floor, it's known as "Dame Time." But against the Clippers Lillard failed to deliver in key moments of the match, missing a pair of free throws with 18 seconds to go in the fourth quarter.
Lillard had a chance to make amends for the missed free throws but he failed to do so as his potential game-tying three-pointer didn't go in. Clippers guard Beverley, who sat out the game, tapped his wrist loudly and yelled "DOLLA Time" after Lillard missed a pair of free throws late in the fourth quarter.
George, who scored 21 points against the Trail Blazers, also poker a bit of fun at Lillard. "It's part of the game. Simple as that. It's just competition. Some people can play with talking, some people can't."
-- Paul George, who told Gary Trent Jr. that he talks to much, discussing trash talk post-game," per Casey Holdahl.
Lillard then burns Beverley and George
Back in 2014 -- when the Trail Blazers were playing the Houston Rockets in a playoff series -- Lillard hit a game-winner to eliminate the Rockets.
Beverley, who is now the starting guard for the Clippers, was a member of the Rockets team that Lillard eliminated in 2014. George, who was traded from the Oklahoma City Thunder to the Clippers last offseason after requesting a trade, experienced on his skin "Dame Time" in last year's playoffs.
Lillard hit a game-winning three from nearly half court against the Thunder -- all while defended from George -- to eliminate the Thunder. "Asking me about Patrick Beverley, I’ve sent him home before at the end of a game.
Paul George got sent home by me last year in the playoffs. They know. The reason they’re reacting like that is because of what they expect from me. It’s a sign of respect. It shows what I’ve done at a high clip more times than not.
I’m not offended by it. If anything it should tell you how much it hurt them to go through what I put them through previously," Lillard said post-game, as quoted on SB Nation.