Damian Lillard’s series-wining shot over the Houston Rockets’ Chandler Parsons in the first round was perhaps the most memorable moment of the 2014 NBA Playoffs.
So no one should really be surprised that Lillard, Parsons and James Harden are talking about The Shot with each in Las Vegas right now preparing for the FIBA World Cup.
“We talked about it last night,” said Lillard. “The first thing they both — James asked me and (Parsons) asked me — was: ‘Did I know if it was going in?’ Lillard said Tuesday after Day 2 of the USA Basketball training camp. “I said: ‘Yeah.’ And then after that we just talked about the whole series. I told (Parsons), ‘Y’all kind of pissed us off because it came back to us that you was like ‘I’m definitely the best small forward in the series and we deserve to win.’ And I was like, ‘That’s not true.’ … I mean, we laughed about it. What happened, what’s done is done. We did what we had to do.”
While Lillard seems to be having fun talking about the jumper, Parsons said he’s still not over the loss.
“It still hurts, but it’s a good chance to come out here in a setting like this and get to know these guys,” said Parsons, “I’m going to live with that shot the rest of my life.”
It turns out, with Parsons signing with the Dallas Mavericks this summer, Lillard’s shot was the small forward’s last play as a member of the Houston Rockets. Lillard’s Portland Trail Blazers were eliminated in the second round by the San Antonio Spurs.
Parsons averaged 16.6 points and 5.5 rebounds and Lillard averaged 20.7 points and 5.6 assists this past season.