Damian Lillard Was None Too Pleased With Chris Paul For Taking The Lay-Up He Gave Him In The Final Seconds Of Last Night's Game
I actually like Damian Lillard and happen to think he is one of the most proud and competitive players in a league full of proud and competitive players. That's why it pains me to say that he's completely full of shit in trying to blame his saltiness on an absence of what quickly become the most subjective and overrated intangible in professional athletics, sportsmanship.
Look, there aren't many things that are more obnoxious than running full speed down the floor to pad your first ballot 'Hall Of Fame' caliber stats in the waning seconds of game in which both sides have already conceded the result. Unfortunately, referencing rules that remain unwritten in trying to take the moral high ground above someone with whom you've maintained a longstanding feud with going back to his days as a Clipper is undoubtedly one of them. Damian Lillard essentially gave Chris Paul shitty service and then got pissy when he didn't automatically dump his 15 cents change in the tip jar. If for some strange reason you feel as though you are owed respect from a rival then there's one very easy way to get it. Finish the job...even if it does make you look like just as much of a try-hard.
It's really as simple as this, if you don't care enough to get back on defense during a meaningless possession then you definitely shouldn't care enough to cause a scene following a meaningless, uncontested lay-up. In acting as if his team's understandable throwing of the white towel was deserving of a bleeding heart, Damian Lillard gave Chris Paul the exact reaction he was looking for when he intentionally got under his skin by giving the knife one final twist.