Damian Lillard and Draymond Green get into Heated Argument During Trailblazers vs Warriors Game

Published 01/03/2021, 11:16 PM EST
Jan 1, 2021; San Francisco, California, USA; Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard (0) controls the ball against Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) in the first quarter at the Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports


Damian Lillard and Draymond Green act as the leaders of their respective teams. While Lillard is considered the focal point of the Portland Trailblazers, Draymond Green was a pivotal part of the Golden State Warriors’ championship success.

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Considering their respected positions in the league and their teams, it was natural for the two to have a clash of egos.

Lillard and Green get in trouble

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Damian Lillard and Draymond Green were caught having some heated words with each other. The two players received a double technical for their transgressions as they continued to go at each other despite the repeated warnings from the referee. Both Green and Lillard seemed unconcerned about receiving the technical.

They need to be careful now as any further altercations can get them ejected from the game. Knowing Green, he will do everything in his power to infuriate Damian Lillard and try to get him his second technical and get him ejected from the game.

Damian Lillard and Draymond Green – No strangers to beef

Lillard has had issues with other players in the past. Last year, during the NBA bubble, Lillard clashed with LA Clippers’ Patrick Beverley and Paul George both on and off the court. Lillard had missed two crucial free throws during the game, and Beverley was seen laughing at him.

Jan 1, 2021; San Francisco, California, USA; Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard (0) shoots the ball against the Golden State Warriors in the second quarter at the Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Later in the evening, the three had some choice words for each other on Instagram. Needless to say, Lillard is no stranger to beef with other NBA players.

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On the other hand, Draymond Green is one of the most notorious troublemakers in the NBA. As the defensive enforcer for the Warriors, Green consistently starts confrontations with other NBA players in order to get under their skin.

Many times, Green’s work has proved helpful for the Warriors. However, an incident during the 2016 NBA Finals got him suspended for one game. Many analysts believe that Green’s suspension was a turning point in the series as the Cavs overcame a 3-1 deficit to win the NBA championship.

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As the game goes on, the interactions between Lillard and Green will become more interesting. Both teams will hope that the two players don’t go after each other again as it could cost them dearly.

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy is an NBA & NFL journalist for EssentiallySports, before which he worked at BusinessWorld magazine. He has been a fan of Basketball for over 10 years now, since Shaquille O’Neal was a Phoenix Suns player. During his time at Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, he started a sports magazine for the college called the Overtime Tribune and hosted the Overtime Tribune Podcast until he graduated.

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