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Paul George admits Lillard's 'bad shot' was actually great


In recent years, Paul George has often been criticized, even ridiculed for his statements. One such statement came in 2019 after Portland defeated his then-Oklahoma team in the first round of the playoffs.

With the game on the line, George disinterestedly watched Lillard as he approached center court. Thinking that he would not dare to launch the ball almost from the central logo, George didn't press him hard. But when he realized that Lillard would still take the shot, George headed into the block; Lillard made a side-step and hit an incredible three-pointer and knocked Oklahoma out of the playoffs.

George has a reputation as an excellent defensive player, but in this case, the offense was better than the defense. After the defeat, George's infamous statement followed.

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"That was a bad shot. I don't care what anybody says. That's a bad shot."

Paul George, ESPN

Lillard drained the clock in the last possession and opted for an extremely demanding shot that only a few players can make - if this was anyone else, George might have had a case. But we're talking about 'Logo Lillard', a guy whose range is unlimited, just like Steph Curry's. Besides, Lillard enjoys such moments, and the more important the moment, the better the outcome. Currently, nobody is as efficient as Dame is in the clutch, and his famous 'Dame Time' drives fear into the bones of all defenders in the NBA league.

After an All-Star game in which Lillard and George were on the floor together for team LeBron, the LA Clippers superstar changed his mind, and it probably helped that Portland's point-guard decided the game with a new long-range shot. After the game, George reluctantly admitted he made a mistake two years ago in estimating Lillard's shot.

"I guess I was criticized for the right reason for calling Dame's shot in the playoffs a bad shot. I mean, I see this guy's range is crazy. And I mean, it's not like it's a half-court heave. These are shots that well in their range. It's a great shot. Two thumbs up."

Paul George

If nothing else, George has at least admitted his mistake and will now approach with more concentration in clashes with Lillard. If they meet in the playoffs, we'll see if Paul actually learned his lesson.

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