Damian Lillard Explodes For 38 Points In 19 Mins After Heckler Gets Under His Skin

Damian Lillard was a basketball player-inspired final night time towards the Orlando Magic. To their credit score, the Magic are taking part in nicely above their heads, as they routinely strike above their weight class. But final night, they could not cease the Damian Lillard onslaught, which accounted for a scoring binge historic proportions. 

The Magic have been main by a cushty however not insurmountable 10-point cushion at halftime, proper earlier than Damian Lillard picked up the tempo. Lillard and his capturing hand remained scorching for 19 24 minutes within the 2nd half. Within these 19 minutes motion, Lillard put up 38, sure 38 factors! The ignored star completed the sport with 41 factors, 7 rebounds, and 6 assists, to rival Steph Curry unbelievable efficiency simply days in the past.

The typical demure Damian Lillard addressed his scoring spree after the sport. Apparently, a heckler was jawing him from behind the Orlando Magic all through the primary half, when Lillard was capturing bricks to begin. Normally, Lillard would ignore such commentary, however on this occasion, the heckler was so loud and obnoxious it wound up motivating him to do higher. Let that be a lesson to opposing followers.

Damian Lillard’s 38 factors at the moment are the franchise file for a 2nd half efficiency, over Trail Blazers’ greats comparable to Brandon Roy, Clyde Drexler, Rasheed Wallace, Kevin Duckworth, and LaMarcus Aldridge.

Damian Lillard, Maurice Harkless & More Trail Blazers Dress Up For Halloween

It appears just like the Portland Trailblazers acquired into the Halloween spirit a bit early this tear. On Monday night time, forward their residence recreation in opposition to the Washington Wizards, the gamers walked into the stadium all dressed up of their favourite halloween costumes.

Blazers star Damian Lillard determined to decorate up as s Stone Cold Steve Austin and put on a three:16 shirt, whereas additionally rockin’ a masks the wrestler. His costume even acquired a response from Steve Austin himself, who stated “Oh Hell Yeah!”

Other gamers to decorate up have been Maurice Harkless, who got here via dressed because the Chappelle’s Show character Tyrone Biggums, and rookies Anfernee Simons & Gary Trent Jr. who each got here sporting some inflatable outfits like a kangaroo and ostrich. It’s reported that veteran ahead Evan Turner had this concept and truly purchased the costumes for everybody.

Hopefully that is simply the primary extra groups to comply with swimsuit and costume up for Halloween, however we’ll must preserve you posted. Check out the Halloween costumes (beneath) and tell us which one was your favourite?

CJ McCollum Says Super-Stars Joining The Warriors Are "Disgusting" To Him

CJ McCollum really has no love for the Golden State Warriors. The Portland Trailblazers guard infamously got into a debate with Kevin Durant earlier this year, when the reigning 2x Finals MVP joined McCollum for his podcast.  When McCollum made his dislike for Durant joining the Warriors clear, the latter commented, “You know you guys aren’t gonna win a championship.” A clearly aggravated McCollum answered, “We have the team, we have the capabilities, anything is possible. We can win a championship bro.” Still, Durant wasn’t feeling it and joked about the Trailblazers’ chances to win a championship. 

Although Durant was criticized for his comments by the internet, he claimed it was all love between him and McCollum. But, is it really? While in China, McCollum threw some more shade Durant’s way. While on CCTV Sports, McCollum was asked about players like Cousins or Durant, who join stacked teams to make them even more powerful. “I would never do anything that nature,” McCollum answered. “I think that’s disgusting. I’m not built like those guys. I was raised differently.”

When asked if he thinks super teams are the future the NBA, McCollum answered, “I think some players will take that route, but most guys have too much pride, want to really win on their own or under certain organizations, and aren’t just going to jump the bandwagon.”

Kevin Durant Bullies C.J. McCollum Into Submission On His Own Podcast

Kevin Durant recently flew to New York to partake in fellow C.J. McCollum’s podcast Pull Up with CJ McCollum. The Portland Trail Blazers star uses the podcast as a keep busy-operative to pursue his passion outside basketball: journalism. Don’t be surprised if several years down the road, when his career is well and over, to see C.J. McCollum working as a personality within the realm sports media.

On the latest episode  Pull Up with CJ McCollum, Kevin Durant sensed it was the right occasion to quell any tension over the DeMarcus Cousins’ signing. McCollum has been an outspoken critic “SuperTeam”-building experiments, and reached to Cousins following his move to voice his displeasure, personally. The exchange began as McCollum said, “You know how I felt, bruh, I was hot.”

Durant tried to level things with rhetorical statements, a frustrating turn in conversation for his Western Conference counterpart. C.J. placed himself in the shoes a bored NBA fan by stating that a lack parity in the NBA is hurting the product. At this point that Kevin Durant lost his friendly demeanor and started serving notice to the 8th seed. The exchange went a little like this: 

Durant: “You know you guys aren’t gonna win a championship.”

McCollum: “We have the team, we have the capabilities, anything is possible. We can win a championship bro.”

Durant: “I mean let’s be honest. I like ya’ll two (McCollum and Damian Lillard), you’re hard to step. But I mean, come on. You can’t be upset about this.”

As soon as Kevin singled out both Lillard and McCollum as the only two catalysts on the Blazer’s squad, C.J. brought the discussion back to his sour feelings about DeMarcus Cousins. McCollum and Lillard have been as active as any two players in the NBA, in their recruitment potential free agents. Incidentally, the sour note proved costly, as Durant would eventually have the last laugh in telling C.J. to “get out your feelings” and not “worry about what goes on at the top things.”

The NBA Championship passes through Golden State until further notice.

Damian Lillard Shuts Down Rumors: "I'm Not Unhappy"

Portland Trail Blazers All-Star point guard Damian Lillard attempted to shut down any chatter about him forcing a trade to the Los Angeles Lakers, telling reporters he’s “not unhappy.” 

Shortly after LeBron James signed with the Lakers as a free agent, a report surfaced suggesting Lillard could be traded to the Lakers but Blazers’ GM Neil Olshey promptly responded to the report, “As much as I love LeBron, he doesn’t get to pick his teammates. That’s not how it works. This isn’t the world sending a couple texts out and see who wants to run with us.”

Portland finished third in the Western Conference last season with a 49-33 record, but were swept by the New Orleans Pelicans in the first round the playfs. This fseason, the Blazers failed to re-sign big man Ed Davis, as well as Shabazz Napier and Pat Connaughton.

Lillard, 27, is under contract with the Blazers for the next three seasons.

Damian Lillard "Frustrated" Over Repeated All Star Snubs

Portland Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard has been left f the All Star team for the last two seasons, despite the fact that his numbers are worthy a spot on the roster.

In the 2015-16 season, Dame averaged career bests in points and assists with 25.1 & 6.8. Last season, he averaged a new career best, 27 points, as well as 5.9 assists and 4.9 rebounds.

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Speaking with ESPN, Lillard expressed frustration that he “always got to be the fall guy” when it comes to an All Star caliber player being left f the 12-man roster. The 27-year old stud made back to back All Star teams from 2013-2015, but has been the odd man out ever since. 

“I’ve gotten frustrated just for the fact that it feels like I always got to be the fall guy and every other guy has been deserving,” Lillard tells ESPN. “In the past, the thing has been, ‘All right, my team has been 10 games under .500 or not in the playfs,’ but every year we’ve found a way to be in the postseason, and this year I think we’re in much better position than we have been in the past two seasons that I didn’t make it. I think I’ve gotten over the emotional part it the last few times that I didn’t make it. Now I’m kind like expecting it to go that way, but I feel like I should be there.”

Lillard is up to his usual tricks this season, averaging 25 points, 6.5 assists and 4.8 rebounds per game. He ranks ninth in the league in scoring, and is one only four players averaging 25 points, four rebounds and six assists, according to ESPN. The other three are Steph Curry, LeBron James and James Harden. Russell Westbrook is right on the cusp, averaging 24.8 points per night.

Although his numbers, once again, seem to warrant a trip to the All Star game, Lillard isn’t surprised that Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball has receive more All Star votes. In the second All-Star fan ballot returns, Lillard was eighth among Western Conference guards, with 266,519 votes, nearly 30,000 votes shy Lonzo. 

“He plays for the Los Angeles Lakers, one the most, if not the most, storied franchises in that big a market,” Lillard explained to ESPN. “So, so many people are going to support him throughout that, and also with his dad and all the attention that’s been surrounding him since college. There’s a lot people that follow him, so, that’s not really a surprise to me. The market size and what’s going on with his family, it’s no surprise really to me.”

The 2018 All Star starters will be announced tonight, followed by the 14 reserves, voted on by the NBA coaches, on January 23rd.