Blazers’ Damian Lillard not happy with free-throw disparity vs. Clippers: ‘It seems like everything we did was a foul’
Damian Lillard was truly displeased with the free-throw disparity on Thursday night’s 107-101 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers. The Clippers paraded to the foul line nearly twice as much as the Portland Trail Blazers, which prompted the All-Star guard to say the following:
“It seems like everything we did was a foul tonight,” said Lillard, according to Ben Golliver of The Washington Post. “It was a tough situation, I was living in the paint all night and I shoot two free throws. I feel like that was a major factor tonight: the free throw disparity.”
Lillard shot only two free throws through 38 minutes of play, converting only one of them. Meanwhile, a rested Kawhi Leonard saw the charity stripe 10 times in 33 minutes, and sixth man Lou Williams converted 11-of-12 from the foul line in 29 minutes — giving Lillard a lot to think about.
The Clippers constantly frustrated the Blazers’ backcourt of Lillard and CJ McCollum, who went for 22 apiece. Yet it was the Clippers’ horrendous 3-point shooting which kept the Blazers in the game, making only 4-of-23 from distance.
Lillard was hounded by Patrick Beverley all night long, which likely had to do a lot with his struggles; but there was plenty of times when Lillard could have merited a call and it simply didn’t go his way on Thursday.
The Blazers will get a chance to rebound from a third straight loss against the Brooklyn Nets on Friday, hoping to escape a string of losses that have all come by single digits.