Trail Blazers All-Star point guard Damian Lillard has ice in his veins. Lillard’s buzzer-beating, 37-foot 3-pointer over Paul George that sent the Thunder packing has been all the talk around the NBA in the last two days.
George didn’t think it was a good shot, though.
"That's a bad shot,” George said postgame. “I don't care what anybody says. That's a bad shot. But, hey, he made it. That story won't be told, that it's a bad shot. You live with that."
On this week’s ‘Pull Up Podcast,’ hosted by Trail Blazer shooting guard CJ McCollum, Lillard joined the podcast to respond to George’s comments:
“It was a good shot.
I think a lot of people don’t know what goes into the moments. That’s because they’re not the ones that’s there. I literally work on those shots. And I don’t work on it so I can just come out and just shoot it for the whole game. I work on it just because, over my career, I know how much attention I’m going to get from defenses.
So it’s just like you’re just keeping stuff, adding more things, adding more and more, keeping stuff in your pocket, in case these types of situations do present itself. Even if it’s not something you want to lean on, it’s something that you have there, that you worked on, you spent time doing. So, you’ve got confidence in it when the time does come. That’s why, when I was just standing there, I was like, well, it’s probably not good in a lot of people’s eyes.
But I’m comfortable with this, and I’m confident in this. So, to me, it’s a solid shot.”
Lillard also added that George was, “just kind of being a poor sport” after the loss:
“For him to say that’s a bad shot, that’s just kind of being a poor sport. If anything, it was bad defense, because I had the ball in my hands with two seconds, and I wasn’t going to drive, so maybe he should’ve just bodied up.”
🚨 NEW PULL UP 🚨 @Dame_Lillard calls into the show to talk about his epic Game 5 buzzer beater, Paul George’s comments, OKC’s smack-talk and what the win means for the city of Portland. https://t.co/0NoWHptrX4 #PullUp
🚨 NEW PULL UP 🚨 @Dame_Lillard calls into the show to talk about his epic Game 5 buzzer beater, Paul George’s comments, OKC’s smack-talk and what the win means for the city of Portland. https://t.co/0NoWHptrX4 #PullUp— Pull Up Podcast (@PullUpPod) April 25, 2019
One thing is certain -- Lillard is built for these moments and Rip City is still rejoicing in the “good shot” heard around the world.
You can listen to the full ‘Pull Up Podcast’ right here.
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