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Skip Bayless slights Damian Lillard, prefers Donovan Mitchell or Jamal Murray

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Skip Bayless won’t stop taking shots at Damian Lillard. 

The Undisputed host dropped another diss to the Trail Blazers star on Sunday night after Jamal Murray and Donovan Mitchell put on a clinic for their respective teams. 

In a post on Twitter, Bayless praised Mitchell and Murray, calling them the “big-game late-game clutch shooters that everyone thinks Damian Lillard is.”

Mitchell scored 16 of the Jazz’s final 20 points to notch 51 points on the night as the Jazz topped the Nuggets 129-127 in Game 4. Denver’s Murray buried nine, 3-pointers and scored 50 points to go along with 11 rebounds and seven assists. 

It was the first time in playoff history that two opposing players each scored 50 points in a postseason game and only the sixth time that has happened in NBA history, according to ESPN Stats & Information.

Despite Lillard averaging 28.6 points per game in the Blazers-Lakers first-round series, Bayless won’t stop scrutinizing the Trail Blazers star for not dominating in the fourth quarter. 

“Whatever happened to Dame Time? Can somebody explain to me? I’ve been hearing Dame Time, Dame Time,” Bayless continued on Monday’s Undisputed.    

“In fourth quarters I can’t find him…The other night in the fourth quarter, the game was still hanging in the balance and he goes 1-6 from the field and 0-3 from three.”

Give credit when credit is due: Mitchell and Murray are loaded with talent. Mitchell is averaging 39.5 points per game and while shooting 51.4 percent from 3-point range and 95.5 percent from the line in the playoffs. His efficiency is next level.  

 

But Mitchell remains young his career, making one All-Star game and Murray hasn’t received NBA honors since 2017 when he last landed on the NBA All-Rookie Second Team.

To compare Lillard’s penchants of late-game heroics in eight seasons to a pair of NBA players who are riding a hot streak isn’t just unfair, it’s ridiculous. Dame’s worth in clutch situations is immeasurable. 

If you get one player with the ball in crunch time, and it comes down to just one shot, give me Lillard every time for the win. 

Lillard's literally sent teams into rebuilding mode. 

Remember that, Skip. 

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