To say that Damian Lillard had a disappointing performance in his second game for the Milwaukee Bucks would be an understatement. After reaching some never-before-seen heights in his debut, the seven-time All-Star looked absolutely lost on Sunday as the Bucks suffered a deflating 127-110 lopsided loss against the Atlanta Hawks to mark Milwaukee’s first loss of the campaign.
Milwaukee Bucks Star Damian Lillard Speaks Out on Forgettable Outing
Lillard isn’t making any excuses, though. He knows that it was an off night for him after going just 2-of-12 from the field for six points. Dame had just as many turnovers as he did points against Atlanta.
“Obviously I didn’t shoot the ball well,” Lillard said, via Jim Owczarski of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “I think it was just a tough game. They were the more aggressive team. They played more physical than we did. Just early season bad game. We didn’t play well at either end of the floor and you got to give them credit for the way they came out.”
Dame is chalking this off as one of those poor shooting outings. The silver lining here is that at least the seven-time All-NBA guard has already gotten that out of the way so early on in the season.
Atlanta Hawks were ‘Desperate’
Lillard had to give credit to the Hawks, too. The 33-year-old also knows that they were completely outplayed by their opponents in this one as Altnata showed just how much more they wanted the W in what turned out to be a coast-to-coast victory for Trae Young and Co.
“They were physical, they were disruptive,” he said. “I think our offense kind of hurt our defense. They were able to get out (running) while we were off balance from turnovers and us not executing and getting good shots. They started feeling good.
“Anytime you let a team come in and feel good, especially a desperate team coming in without a win, you let ‘em feel good and they see some shots go on, we not playing a good game, it can get that way. Especially early in the season when you’re trying to figure things out, you’re trying to find an identity.”
Dame has been in this situation many times in the past. Simply put, he isn’t sweating it. Not one bit.
In fact, Lillard is already looking to bounce back on Monday against the Miami Heat in what should be a very intriguing matchup:
“And I gotta be better when that’s happening,” he continued. “I can’t be the guy turning the ball over. But like I said, it’s a long season, you don’t want to have these types of games but they happen and now we just gotta learn from ‘em. We got another one (Monday vs. Miami).”
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