What You DON'T Know About The Damian Lillard, Paul George & Beverley Rivalry In The NBA (Ft. Home)
Damian Lillard, Paul George, and Patrick Beverley all have an NBA rivalry. And it goes deep.
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Beverley immediately named Damian Lillard as that dude saying "Dame is one of the reasons why I went into the weight room.”Lillard did say he saw the clowning as a sign of respect because they expected him to be clutch and he wasn’t so maybe he has a point. So when Lillard talked about sending Beverley and Paul George home, Bev responding with Cancun on 3 is outta place and at the same time perfectly in character for the pest that is Patrick Beverley, But that hasn’t been the case at all between Lillard and Beverley. While Paul George and Lillard have been getting into the most on IG, their rivalry is more recent, but more aggressive. But just 6 years ago as Damian and Beverley were starting their feud, Paul George was apparently a big fan of Lillard when they were running team USA scrimmages in 2014.
Dame was drafted in 2012, was the rookie of the year averaging 19 and 6 and a half assists, he got the seal of approval from Kobe Bryant.
On March 9, 2014, the Rockets were behind by 2 against the Blazers with 13 seconds left. Ball goes out, Beverley argues with the ref and then puts his hand on Lillard’s chest. Lillard pushed back and they started arguing. Beverley even took his mask off. The Rockets would end up winning this game in overtime with Harden dropping 41 points and Beverley and Lillard fouling out. Lillard said in the post-game comments that Bev’s antics were “not basketball” and that “Everybody knows what he does to get under people’s skin.” Beverley went on SportsTalk 790 in Houston and said that Damian Lillard “whines” and that he was not a big fan of that. Yeah they weren’t on good terms. Beverley also said that “I don’t go out there and try to start fights with nobody. Prior to this game, he was shooting 29 percent against me.” And then came the 2014 playoffs. The playoffs the Trail Blazers and Rockets would face off in the first round and (show game winner). Yeah Dame hit that, which is why he said he sent Beverley home before. During that series, he averaged 25.5 points per game on 49% from 3.
Meanwhile, Damian and Paul weren’t just random players in the NBA, they sorta looked up to each other. In 2017, Dame wanted to sign Paul George who wasn’t even a free agent. What. In 2019, Dame said Paul George is on a different level, that that dude is MVP. This is almost sounding like a bromance, a pairing that never happened. But then fast forward to the 2019 NBA playoffs, a playoffs that was headlined by a very different rivalry. Russell Westbrook vs Damian Lillard. Looking at Paul George during that series, he really didn’t say anything before Game 5. There was the infamous game 3 in which the whole Thunder squad clowned the Trail Blazers, but PG didn’t really have a good game shooting 3 of 16 from the field but getting to the line 17 times. After the game, Paul George calls it a bad shot despite Lillard doing that the whole series and the whole game.
The issues between Dame and PG come from fundamentally different values. Lillard has for his whole career stuck with one team, even when 4 of the 5 starters on the Trail Blazers left in one offseason, Dame signed an extension. He’s even spoken against players going to other teams trying to win instead of building. Paul George became a star on the Pacers, the main guy, came back from a gruesome injury, and has then been public about wanting to go to the Lakers, got his way out of Indiana and Now traded to OKC, and then demanded to go to the Clippers. He has forced his way out of 2 contracts and teamed up with superstars.
Paul George made the Eastern Conference Finals twice, Dame’s made it once to the Western Conference Finals. Actually these are PG’s numbers on the Pacers when he became a somewhat stars and Dame’s numbers so far since he been balling since his first playoffs and there isn’t much difference. Which is what twitter is tryna push. But where Paul George, besides those series against the Heat, hasn’t shown up like in the series against the Jazz like having 5 points in Game 6. And then in the Trail Blazers series, that was Dame time.
But we’re just gonna have to settle for the next time they face off, whenever that is. All I know is that they have some unfinished business and an NBA rivalry. But what do you think? Who’s better, Dame or Paul George?