If Damian Lillard and Skip Bayless had a relationship status on Facebook, it'd say 'It's Complicated.'
Things are a bit rocky between the Trail Blazers franchise point guard and the TV pundit.
One can recall to two days ago when both Lillard and Bayless sparred on social media, and you can understand why.
Lillard took those words to heart about Bayless basically criticizing “Dame Time” and questioning his capacity as a player after the loss against the Clippers.
I have never been buying nothing about you fam. You a joke. And after our private convo full of back pedaling you will never have my respect 🤡 https://t.co/do0yxFgUju— Damian Lillard (@Dame_Lillard) August 10, 2020
Since then, Lillard has been playing on a whole different planet.
Over the last two games, Lillard has scored a combined 112 points, is the first Blazer ever with back-to-back 50 point games, and is the first player since Wilt Chamberlain to have three 60 point games in a season.
On Wednesady, Lillard and the Trail Blazers woke up to being 8th in the West because of Lillard's otherworldly performances.
If the Blazers had lost, they would have dropped all the way down to the 11th spot and potentially out of playoff contention.
One would think after these last two games, Bayless might bite his tongue, eat crow and apologize to Lillard.
You thought wrong.
Instead, Bayless sent out a series of tweets looking for the tiniest of details to give the credit to Lillard that he deserves in the first place.
Damian Lillard is playing like he's mad at somebody.— Skip Bayless (@RealSkipBayless) August 12, 2020
Now I want to see Damian Lillard finish it off vs dangerous Nets, then win just one of potential two games vs play-in team, then TAKE IT TO THE LAKERS and make up for his shockingly unclutch 4th quarters vs no-KD Warriors in last year's West finals.— Skip Bayless (@RealSkipBayless) August 12, 2020
Bayless did not stop there. On Wednesday morning's 'Undisputed', Bayless dug an even bigger hole, discrediting Lillard, despite tying a career-high 61 points.
It was “Dame Time” for 46 and a half minutes, and then, it wasn’t. -- Skip Bayless
Bayless cherry picked, seemingly ignoring all of the Lillard’s 61 points, 8 assists, and 5 rebound performance and instead, focused on Lillard not being a “superstar” in the last remaining minutes of the game.
Mainly, he focused on Lillard missing a defensive assignment against Dorian Finney-Smith.
It resulted in Lillard receiving an offensive foul against Trey Burke and the basket didn’t count, but Bayless felt as if that was enough to shrug off Lillard's historic performance that kept the Blazers alive.
Bayless is an instigator. He's made a career of riling athletes up to give him fodder.
But, this is not a hill the FS1 commentator should want to die on.
Bayless can say what he wants, but anyone with healthy working eyes can see that Lillard is on another level since the NBA restart.
The Blazers are still in the hunt, which gives more games to prove to Bayless that he is just plain wrong about his take on Lillard and the Blazers.
This is not the first time Bayless has been wrong before, so let's look back at all the time Mark Cuban decided to own him on his show.
Skip, you're wrong.
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