Damian Lillard Pissed Off Over 'Unacceptable' Officiating

Add Portland Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard as the latest NBA star to be vocal about the rule changes. Lillard met with the media recently and called the officiating unacceptable. 

This season the referees are not calling the ticky-tack calls but from all accounts, some of the stars who rely on trips to the charity stripe are gaining frustrated. The Trail Blazers lost 117-109 to the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday night and Lillard had this to say after the game:

I feel like the way the game is being officiated is unacceptable/ I don't want to go too deep into it so they make a big deal out of it, but the explanations, the shit that's getting missed, I mean, come on. I felt like coming in, the rule change wouldn't affect me, because I don't trick the referees, I don't do the trick plays, and it's just unacceptable. Then the explanations and the remarks in return when you tell them is just like - I don't even have nothing else to say about it.

Lillard joins James Harden of the Brooklyn Nets and Trae Young of the Atlanta Hawks as players who have blasted the refs in the media. Where as you have Draymond Green of the Golden State Warriors who can't say enough great things about the change of calls during the game. 

As for Lillard, he's struggling so far this season and it's got nothing to do with the refs and everything to do with his jump shot. So far in 2021-22, Lillard has averaged 19.3 points per game, and yes has gone to the charity stripe only 3.2 times per game, down from his 7.2 trips last season. Blazers fans wondering who's the unacceptable one here...

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