Blazers star Damian Lillard hits back at Dennis Schroder for doing ‘Dame Time’ celebration
The Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Blazers at home in Game 3, 120-108, to cut the series deficit to 2-1 after losing the opening two matches.
Schroder, obviously happy after helping the Thunder avoid getting into a 0-3 hole, mocked Lillard in the closing stages of the contest — with the game all but decided. The 25-year-old guard was caught imitating Lillard’s signature celebration after the Portland All-Star misses a late-game free throw.
Dennis Schroder mocks "Dame Time" after Lillard misses late game free throw pic.twitter.com/ywRfsShy4L
— The Render (@TheRenderNBA) April 20, 2019
Lillard then hit back at Schroder for the act, suggesting that the German playmaker has no right to do that after failing to help his team win in the first two matches.
After Game 3 loss to Thunder, Blazers guard Damian Lillard said he saw Dennis Schröder tap his wrist a la 'Dame time' celebration: "It was kind of funny. He waited so late in the game when he knew the game was decided to do it. He hadn't pulled that out the first 2 games." pic.twitter.com/L2S2ev3a9k
— Ben Golliver (@BenGolliver) April 20, 2019
To be fair, Dennis Schroder indeed played poorly in Games 1 and 1. He scored a woeful 11 points in 36 minutes of play in the first match before following that up with a seven-point outing in 21 minutes of play in their next meeting.
For his part, Damian Lillard propelled the Blazers to back-to-back victories. He opened up the series with a 30-point explosion and added another 29 in the next game.
Lillard had 32 points in their latest loss, while Schroder had 17. Regardless of their scores though, Lillard will only be even more motivated after Dennis poked fun at his celebration.