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Damian Lillard responded to Yahoo Sports Chris Hayne’s piece that suggested the Portland Trail Blazers should find a better supporting cast to surround their superstar.

Dame responded to the report claiming that these are the writer’s thoughts after the Blazers whipped the Nets (128-109) with Lillard going off for 32 points, nine rebounds and seven assists.

(via NBC Sports Northwest):

“I took it for what it was,” Lillard said of the column. “That’s his thoughts, you know. I was not irritated with him, because he’s a writer, that’s what he does.

“But I know, because of our relationship. that people would assume that I was tied to the story. So I think that was the only thing that bothered me about it.

“But I lean on the fact that me and Neil (Olshey), if we have a conversation, I know I can go into his office and walk in that door and tell him whatever I think. And we’ve had those conversations. Same with Terry, so I think (Haynes) was doing his job.”

Portland will need Damian Lillard in top form in the last few games of the regular season as they’re hoping to avoid the play-in tournament in the West.