Damian Lillard delivered one of the most remarkable game-winners ever last NBA season when he eliminated Russell Westbrook, Paul George and the Oklahoma City Thunder from the playoffs. The guard drilled a 40-foot dagger in front of the hometown fans to eliminate OKC in Game 5 of the first round.
You can say Lillard ended an era for the Thunder with his shot, as that was the last time we got to see Paul George and Russell Westbrook playing together before the six-time All-Star demanded to be traded to the Los Angeles Clippers and Brodie was shipped to the Houston Rockets.
Now, three months after that moment, Lillard had the chance to talk about that series-clinching game-winner that drove everyone crazy at Moda Center.
“What can I say? That was for Seattle,” Dame said during a recent interview with Sports Business Radio.
“What can I say? That was for Seattle”……@Dame_Lillard on @SBRadio this week while reflecting on his series clinching 37-foot shot against the @okcthunder in the @NBA Playoffs. Full interview: https://t.co/5q3LwaazA1 #DameTime pic.twitter.com/wc0LxHVcEy
— SportsBusinessRadio (@SBRadio) July 16, 2019
If some of you don’t understand what he meant by that, he dedicated his game-winner to the Seattle Supersonics franchise which was picked up and moved to Oklahoma City back in 2008.
That move still hurts for plenty of Sonics and NBA fans in general. Fans are still hoping to see Seattle having an NBA franchise once again, but that’s not part of the league’s commissioner plans at this moment.
For now, they have to settle and be happy knowing that Dame has dedicated his iconic Game 5 dagger to their fanbase.