Baseball isn’t the one game with unwritten laws about what is regarded as applicable or unacceptable.
With Oklahoma Town up 12 issues on Portland with six seconds left in Friday evening’s Sport 3, Thunder ahead Paul George – as a substitute of dribbling out the clock as is conference – took a cross from Raymond Felton and threw down a double-clutch opposite dunk simply after the general horn sounded.
The transfer didn’t sit down smartly with the Blazers, who misplaced 120-108, however nonetheless have a 2-1 lead within the first-round Western Convention playoff collection that has was a heated affair that includes a must-see matchup between Russell Westbrook and Damian Lillard.
A number of Blazers gamers took exception to the dunk – simply as some took exception to Chicago White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson’s contemporary bat turn after a house run.
Gamers from each groups exchanged phrases after the sport prior to heading to their locker rooms.
“The sport were made up our minds,” Lillard stated, “and if that is one thing they had to do to make themselves really feel extra dominant or really feel higher, then so be it.”
Thunder trainer Billy Donovan reasoned that the Blazers took a shot as a substitute of working out the clock, so it was once truthful sport for George to do the similar.
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“Each groups performed the sport all of the method out,” Donovan stated.
Requested in regards to the dunk, George answered, “Subsequent query,” a tiresome resolution that Westbrook additionally makes use of.
Will have to George have attempted the dunk? One camp says no giant deal, he’s entitled to the dunk given the victory. The opposite camp says no, it’s disrespectful.
The Thunder have introduced out the scoffs within the collection, from Westbrook fake rocking a toddler to sleep after creating a shot towards Lillard to Dennis Schroder doing the watch faucet that Lillard in most cases does to let other folks understand it’s “Dame Time.”
Westbrook and Lillard have long gone at it at the court docket with their play and their communicate. Although Westbrook had his perfect sport of the collection in Sport Three with 33 issues, 11 assists and 5 rebounds, Lillard has outplayed him general, averaging 30.Three issues, 5.Three assists and 4 rebounds whilst taking pictures 42.9% on 3-pointers.
Sport four is Sunday in Oklahoma Town (9:30 p.m. ET, TNT).
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