April 24, 2019 Game 5 of playoff series against the Thunder, Damian Lillard launched a cold-blooded game-winning shot. That shot ended the Oklahoma CityThunder team of 2019.
Tied at 115-all in Game 5 of the opening-round playoff series, Lillard dribbled down the clock before launching a 40-foot 3-pointer at the buzzer Paul George.
The shot went in and then Dame in all of his glory, waved goodbye to the Thunder bench. It was one of the most savage series game-winners we ever saw.
Damian Lillard waves goodbye to OKC pic.twitter.com/2fH1RmMgjl
— NBC Sports Northwest (@NBCSNorthwest) April 24, 2019
Thunder troll and Damian Lillard
The Trail Blazers are 26-33 so far this season and are on the fringes of the final playoff spot in the West, while the Thunder is 36-22 and 10.5 games ahead of Portland in the standings.
Oklahoma City fan is still feeling a little petty had a message for the Trail Blazers’ Damian Lillard, making sure to tag him when he quoted the tweet.
— TND (@ThunderND) February 26, 2020
In fairness, there are probably a lot of fans in Oklahoma City who are still at least a little bit bitter about how last season ended.
But instead of dragging this particular Thunder fan, Lillard took the high road in his response:
The fact that y’all can’t let this go just shows how bad it hurt your heart 🤷🏽♂️. You’re having a great season 💯 https://t.co/ad0CPL2Jel
— Damian Lillard (@Dame_Lillard) February 26, 2020
Portland has been back-and-forth with Lillard sidelined with a groin injury suffered before All-Star break. On Wednesday, the Blazers lost to the Boston Celtics in a 118-106 loss.
Lillard is expected to return in a few games and will travel with the team during their upcoming road trip. The Trail Blazers have not set a date for Jusuf Nurkic’s return following a season-ending leg injury in 2019. There’s even a chance Zach Collins could make it back if he’s healthy and risk-free.
As for the wave, it will live forever. The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame is probably constructing a LillardTime wing as we speak. Let it burn Thunder fans, but also appreciate the greatness that’s upon you. It’s a moment in history, a moment in time, the basketball world won’t soon forget.