first_imgMORE: Winners and losers from NBA trade deadlineUnfortunately for Portland, the officials on the floor completely botched it. Goaltending wasn’t called as the play happened, so it couldn’t be reviewed and corrected. The Blazers ultimately lost by a final score of 117-114.Dame finished with 42 points.This was not two of them. pic.twitter.com/9G82fmUL1c— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) February 8, 2020Lillard was understandably furious as he walked off the Vivint Smart Home Arena floor, and he didn’t hold back with his postgame comments.”It’s an easy call. Three referees out there and they don’t call that,” Lillard said. “I don’t want to hear no — I don’t want to see no report about, ‘Oh, we should have called that,’ or none of that. They cost us a game. We’re in a playoff race and they cost us a game — on an easy call.””We’re in a playoff race and they cost us a game, on an easy call.”@Dame_Lillard on the missed goaltending call pic.twitter.com/pMdZAa5lEz— NBC Sports Northwest (@NBCSNorthwest) February 8, 2020He later used some explicit language on social media in response to the NBA’s official pool report for the game. Crew chief Josh Tiven admitted a goaltending violation “should have been called.”We don’t wana hear this punk Ass shit. https://t.co/nuG56kaHbR— Damian Lillard (@Dame_Lillard) February 8, 2020When one Twitter user pointed out Lillard was going to get fined for the strong words, he offered a short retort: “Plenty money.” (Lillard is making nearly $30 million this season alone, and he’s got more big checks coming his way once his supermax contract kicks in.)Plenty money https://t.co/8F9sGrfVQp— Damian Lillard (@Dame_Lillard) February 8, 2020But Lillard wasn’t done just yet. He also took exception to Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell calling out Blazers reserve Gary Trent Jr. Both Mitchell and Trent earned technical fouls at the end of the first half after talking a little too much trash before heading to the locker room.”I don’t see why guys like Gary Trent should come in and think they can just punk us,” Mitchell said. “Not gonna lie to you. That shouldn’t happen. At the end of the day, we are who we are. We’re not a team that you can come in and just talk trash to. That’s just not gonna happen.”Donovan Mitchell: “I don’t see why a guy like Gary Trent should come in and think he can just punk us. … We’re not a team that you can come in and just talk trash to. We’re not just gonna back down. … That’s what we kinda lacked the past few games — just toughness.” pic.twitter.com/Repl9u006a— Eric Walden (@tribjazz) February 8, 2020Once that video hit Twitter, Lillard and Trent reacted quickly … Man stop… https://t.co/MyKXZko4TU— Damian Lillard (@Dame_Lillard) February 8, 2020Lol…. 🤟🏽😂🤟🏽 https://t.co/9ljDQjczns— GARY x TRENT x JR 🌹 (@gtrentjr) February 8, 2020And Mitchell fired right back.I said what I said… https://t.co/IrhB83kkVY— Donovan Mitchell (@spidadmitchell) February 8, 2020Man ain’t not disrespect ain’t no beef im not finna let gary Trent talk shit and that’s just what it is… 💯 https://t.co/OMT1h01PyA— Donovan Mitchell (@spidadmitchell) February 8, 2020The good news: Lillard and Mitchell will meet at least one more time during the regular season. The bad news: NBA fans will have to wait until April 2 to see the All-Stars face off.Let’s hope the officials can stay out of the spotlight next time. Damian Lillard is going to get fined by the NBA, and he doesn’t care at all.The Trail Blazers guard ripped the officiating crew after Portland’s controversial loss to Utah on Friday night. With the Trail Blazers trailing by two and only 15 seconds left in regulation, Lillard drove toward the rim and got a layup attempt to the backboard. Jazz center Rudy Gobert then clearly interfered with the ball after it touched the glass, which should have led to a goaltending violation and tie game.last_img read more