NBA analyst believes 6x NBA all-star is hyped over clutch plays

Throughout his NBA career, Damian Lillard has earned a reputation for pumping the clutch at big moments. The all-star point guard has a number of highlights where he puts down game-winning shots. His most notable shot came in the playoffs when he drilled a deep 3-pointer over an outstretched Paul George to eliminate the OKC Thunder.

While most NBA fans love it when “Dame Time” begins, one analyst isn’t impressed by the hype. During a recent episode of FS1’s Skip and Shannon: Undisputed, Skip Bayless spoke about how Lillard is being glorified for his clutch highlights:

“He has a few of these. I don’t know if any of these GMs actually see the games the way I do. Don’t give me lady time! Did you see what the Clippers did to him in the bubble?”

An NBA GM poll voted Steph Curry the top clutch player ahead of Kevin Durant and Damian Lillard: “Don’t give me checker time! Did you see what the clippers did to him in the bubble? Kevin Durant said give me the damn ball and I’ll go down there and finish this.” — @RealSkipBayless

Skip Bayless thinks there are other NBA superstars who have more brains than Damian Lillard

Philadelphia 76ers vs. Brooklyn Nets.
Philadelphia 76ers vs. Brooklyn Nets.

Skip Bayless tried not to belittle what Damian Lillard had done. He just feels there are other NBA stars who should be seen in a similar light.

One player Bayless says deserves more credit for making it big is Brooklyn Nets superstar Kevin Durant. He even brought up a situation where Durant bailed out Lillard after missing two free throws late in an Olympic matchup.

“What happened in the gold medal game against France two summers ago? Kevin Durant saved his bacon. Late in the game, Dame goes to the free throw line to thwart the game and he misses both free throws.

“Don’t give me that, he’s ‘Dame Time’. Kevin said, ‘Give me the friggin’ ball and I’ll go down and do them and end this.'”

Bayless makes a fair argument. Durant is known for many things, but his ability to improve his game at crucial moments doesn’t get enough mention.

The first example that comes to mind is his performance in the 2021 postseason. Despite Kyrie Irving being out and James Harden essentially playing on one leg, the Nets still took the Milwaukee Bucks to seven games.

Durant played nearly every minute of the last few games, hitting a big throw to send Game 7 into overtime. If his foot had been inches past the 3-point line, it would have been one of the greatest shots in playoff history.

While Lillard might not be overrated for its clutch highlights, it could be argued that Durant deserves a similar kind of recognition.




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