Damian Lillard is having a tough start to the NBA season. The star point guard averages career lows in nearly every offensive category, registering just 19.3 PPG over 36.5% from court and 25.5% from depth. After a loss to the LA Clippers on Tuesday night, Dame went to league umpiring.
Lillard said: “The way the game is refereed is unacceptable. I don’t want to go too far, so they make a big deal out of it, but the missing explanations, I mean, come on… I wanted to go in , the rule change wouldn’t affect me, because I don’t go around the referees, I don’t go around the games. It’s just unacceptable. “
Lillard is also averaging a career low in free throw attempts, shooting just 3.4 free throws per game after averaging 7.2 attempts on the board last season. The Portland Trail Blazers are currently just 5-6 on the season, and their struggles are largely related to Lillard’s poor play. While Dame was still able to score 27 points in Tuesday’s loss, he was very unhappy during his post-game press conference.
It wouldn’t be surprising if Lillard received a fine from the NBA in the coming days, as the league is generally strict about fines for players who publicly criticize the refereeing. As the season progresses, it will be interesting to see how consistent new trends in officiating remain.
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