The way Damian Lillard of the Portland Trail Blazers and Paul George of the Los Angeles Clippers have entwined their careers in recent years is kind of funny. Most notably, Lillard ended the Blazers’ series against the Oklahoma City Thunder in the 2019 playoffs by sinking a half-court three to pierce George’s heart.
Additionally, Lillard and George are certain to come into contact once more, albeit in a different way, during the Blazers’ Thursday night game against the Brooklyn Nets.
In the midst of the third quarter, the Blazers, who were playing the Nets, found themselves in a tense possession. While Ben Simmons was right behind him, Damian Lillard stopped the ball from going out of bounds. The ball was recovered by Jerami Grant, and with the shot clock running out, Dame moved to the corner for an open triple.
Unusually, Dame missed the shot brutally, hoisting the ball against the side of the backboard in a manner reminiscent of Paul George’s iconic miss during the Clippers’ Game 7 loss to the Denver Nuggets in the 2020 playoff race. An open Lillard is one of the most terrifying looks for a defense.
Ian Eagle: “[Damian] Lillard…oh no…seriously. Oh no off the side of the backboard.” pic.twitter.com/fQn5i4XFCh
Even though the stakes of Lillard and George’s devastating misses are, to put it mildly, poles apart, it’s still entertaining to see a shooter of Dame’s quality fail in such an absurd way.
Paul George, of all people, knows how irritating it is to hit the side of the backboard, so the Clippers star is in the greatest position to comprehend that even elite shooters miss this badly.
Nevertheless, Damian Lillard and George appear to have put their prior disagreements behind them. But shooters shoot, and Lillard and George aren’t going to stop just because they had a humiliating miss.
With Portland in the middle of a tight game against the Nets late in the fourth quarter, Lillard will ultimately have his sights set on a Blazers victory.