Damian Lillard feels like 'fall guy' over All-Star snubs

By Alec Brzezinski 18 January 2018 275
Damian Lillard feels like 'fall guy' over All-Star snubs

Damian Lillard feels he doesn't always get the respect he deserves.

The two-time Western Conference All-Star has been snubbed — in his mind — from the team the last two seasons, and he doesn't really understand why.

"I've gotten frustrated just for the fact that it feels like I always got to be the fall guy and every other guy has been deserving," Lillard told ESPN.com. "In the past, the thing has been, 'All right, my team has been 10 games under .500 or not in the playoffs,' but every year we've found a way to be in the postseason, and this year I think we're in much better position than we have been in the past two seasons that I didn't make it.

"I think I've gotten over the emotional part of it the last few times that I didn't make it. Now I'm kind of like expecting it to go that way, but I feel like I should be there."

Lillard is currently averaging 25.0 points, four rebounds and six assists per game. He also has the Trail Blazers (23-21) in playoff contention.

This year's All-Star Game takes place next month, and starters will be announced Thursday night. Coaches then select the reserves Tuesday. More disappointment could be ahead for Lillard, who currently ranks behind even Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball in the voting.

"He plays for the Los Angeles Lakers, one of the most, if not the most, storied franchises in that big of a market," Lillard said. "So, so many people are going to support him throughout that, and also with his dad and all the attention that's been surrounding him since college.

"There's a lot of people that follow him, so, that's not really a surprise to me. The market size and what's going on with his family, it's no surprise really to me."

Lillard has battled injuries this season, forcing him to miss seven games, but he has played at an All-Star level and should get a spot at least as a reserve.

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