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NBA World Reacts To Damian Lillard's Blunt Comment About Officiating

Damian Lillard on the court for the Trail Blazers.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - DECEMBER 28: Damian Lillard #0 of the Portland Trail Blazers argues with referee Nate Green #65 during a 115-107 Trail Blazer win over the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on December 28, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Portland Trailblazers guard Damian Lillard isn't having the season most expected from six-time All-Star.

Coming into the season, the NBA announced a league-wide crackdown on offensive players initiating contact to draw "cheap" fouls.

Most expected players such as James Harden and Trae Young to struggle with the new rules, but Lillard has seemingly felt the impact more than anyone.

The Blazers star spoke on the new rule changes following a loss to the Clippers on Tuesday night.

"I feel like the way the game is being officiated is unacceptable, Dame told reporters. "The explanations, the [expletive] that's getting missed, I mean, come on."

Lillard continued, "I felt like coming in, the rule change wouldn't affect me, because I don't do the trick the referees, I don't do the trick plays, and it's just unacceptable." Some have also pointed to the NBA's new ball as a reason for Dame's struggles. While Lillard's free throw attempts are down to 3.2 per game from 7.2 last season, the six-time All-NBA selection is shooting just 25 percent from deep to start the year.

Dolla's numbers are down across the board, averaging under under 20 points per game for the first time since his rookie season.

He's also down in rebounds, free throw percentage, and field goal percentage.

Portland's lead guard will look to get right in his next game against Phoenix.