Be careful who you heckle at an NBA game — elite players are always looking for fuel to motivate them, you don’t want to give them any.
Take, for example, the guy in the turquoise shirt behind the Portland bench in Orlando on Thursday night. He decided to go off on Damian Lillard.
Big mistake — Lillard had 36 points on 12-of-16 shooting in the second half, including going 5-of-8 from three, sparking a 128-114 Portland win. Don’t make Damian Lillard angry. You wouldn’t like him when he’s angry.
“He kept hollering my name,” Lillard said, “’You don’t want to play tonight.’ ‘You ain’t that good.’ It wasn’t so much what he was saying, the whole first half he just wouldn’t shut up. I got tired of it. And that was it. I told him at the end of the second quarter. I said, ‘We’re gonna see.’ And he kept going and talking, and we saw it.”
Hey, turquoise shirt guy, Aaron Gordon, Jonathan Isaac and the rest of the Magic would really like to thank you for making one of the game’s elite scorers extra motivated Thursday night. Really helping your team out with that one.