Damian Lillard roasts trash-talking Thunder with Chinese proverb on Instagram
Damian Lillard made use of an old Chinese proverb to roast his fallen opponents after leaving the Oklahoma City Thunder in his wake after dropping a 50-point bomb and an iconic game-winning 3-pointer to win the series 4-1.
The Portland Trail Blazers point guard was the recipient of vast trash talking in this series, from Russell Westbrook’s on-court jabs to Dennis Schroder imitating his “Dame Time” celebration as a way to get in his head.
Having won the war, Lillard took advice from the wise Sun Tzu, a Chinese general, military strategist, writer and philosopher who wrote The Art of War — text used to this very day by the military and even the modern Samurai.
Lillard stayed true to Sun Tzu’s words, killing the Thunder with silence, making his actions speak louder than his words — and nothing speaks louder than a 37-foot long-range bomb over the Thunder’s best defender.
Lillard told Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports why he chose to take this approach to what most viewed as a point guard battle against Westbrook, whose antics were plenty clear throughout the series.
“I’m not even paying attention to it,” said Damian Lillard. “But when I do see it, that’s cool. He does it every game, so it doesn’t bother me. I don’t celebrate in someone’s face and try to disrespect my opponent. But if a team calls a timeout, I’ll go acknowledge the crowd and celebrate with my teammates as I’m going to the bench. I’m not going to say some wild s***. I think with him, he’s pounding his chest and talking s*** and that’s what gets him going. That’s the difference between us.”
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) April 24, 2019
The different was plenty notable, as Lillard made his punches count, ultimately waiting until the last seconds of the last round to deal the real haymaker.