The Portland Trail Blazers lost a game Wednesday night to the Houston Rockets 121-112. Towards the end of the game, the Rockets held a seven-point lead which gave them the opportunity to dribble the ball out for the final seconds. Instead, Chris Paul received a pass from Trevor Ariza and scored a wide-open layup with 12.8 seconds left, which violates an unspoken NBA rule.
Blazers point guard Damian Lillard approached Chris Paul at the buzzer and expressed his displeasure with Paul. As the two were exchanging words, Damian Lillard made an attempt to swat the ball out of Paul’s hand.
It appears Dame wasn't a fan of CP3's late layup ? pic.twitter.com/RJr9x1a5dr
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“I just asked him, I said, ‘What did you get out of that?'” Lillard said. “He said, ‘Y’all wasn’t guarding.’ But we got back. There was two guys back. We got back. He was sprinting the court to get the layup and CJ (McCollum) was chasing him. I just felt like in that situation, if you’ve got to do that to go get the layup, what’s the point of it?”
Lillard made it clear that he was annoyed with the approach Chris Paul took. Lillard felt that Paul wasn’t showing any sportsmanship by taking that layup.