It’s been over a month since the Los Angeles Clippers blew a 3-1 lead to the Denver Nuggets in the Conference Semifinals to get bounced out of the NBA bubble.
Following the Clips epic 3-1 collapse, Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum savagely trolled Patrick Beverley and Paul George, who had taunted Lillard for missing two free throws earlier in the bubble and then exchanged social media beef with the five-time NBA All-Star calling for “Cancun on 3.”
As it turns out, the Clips didn’t take the Trail Blazers’ stars up on their invite… but McCollum’s still got some options. He’ll bring the wine too.
“I didn’t find them a villa, but I have some readily available in the event that they needed,” McCollum said in a recent interview with Hoop Genius. “Great places that I think they would truly enjoy. Personally, I have enjoyed a lot and would love to pass them on if they want.”
The roots of this feud date back to Aug. 7 when Beverley and George taunted Lillard after he missed two clutch free throws which would have sealed a Trail Blazers victory. Instead, Beverley began chanting “Dame Time,” and tapping his wrist and Paul George waved goodbye just like Lillard did upon hitting the series-ending buzzer beater over George in 2019.
Dame took the Clippers trash talk in stride.
“I’m not offended by it,” Lillard said after the game. “If anything, it should tell you how much it hurt them to go through what I put them through previously.”
But the Clippers duo wasn’t ready to drop the beef on social media. After the game, Beverley responded to a Bleacher Report post “Cancun on 3,” while George added “And you getting sent home this year. Respect.”
The Trail Blazers were eliminated in the first round to the eventual NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers. Unfortunately for George and Beverley, their comments came back to bite them. The Clippers became the laughingstock of the NBA after blowing a 3-1 lead to the Nuggets.
Dame and CJ showed them no mercy.
Beverley heard the “Cancun on 3,” jokes and he's since responded.
“I be hearing y’all," Beverley said. "That sh**'s funny. That’s a good one. I can’t even be mad. I gotta take it on the chin. I can’t even be mad.”
For McCollum, there’s ultimately no hard feelings between the Trail Blazers and Clippers.
“I don’t really care if playing against them. It’s just another game,” McCollum told Hoop Genius. “They’re a good team and we enjoy competing against each other. I enjoy making jokes, making light of the situation, especially when shots are taken in my direction. It’s just another team honestly, and they got a lot they need to figure out personally from within and we’ve got a lot to figure out from a roster standpoint from within.”
One thing we can all agree on is neither team got the job done in 2020, and there's nothing a couple of glasses of McCollum Heritage 91 can't settle. Right?