Despite trailing for most of the series, the Oklahoma City Thunder were talking a lot of smack to the Portland Trail Blazers. The Trail Blazers were a better team for most of the series and a lot of that had to do with the play of their point guard Damian Lillard. In game 5, with the game tied at 115 with just seconds left, Lillard hit a 37-foot dagger to win the game 118-115 and end the series in just five games. It was a result no one saw coming, with Lillard’s shot becoming an iconic moment in NBA history.
After the game, the Thunder had to answer for their disappointing end to the season. One of those players was Paul George, who was the player guarding Lillard on the last shot. Instead of taking the blame for not playing aggressive defense, George chose to say that Lillard’s shot wasn’t even that good.
“Yeah, that’s a bad shot,” George said according to Sports Illustrated. “I don’t care what anyone says. That’s a bad shot. But he made it. That story will be told that it was bad shot and you have to live with it.”
With the win, the Trail Blazers will play the winner of the series between the Denver Nuggets and the San Antonio Spurs in the second round.