Channing Frye Compares Damian Lillard’s Buzzer-Beater to Kyrie Irving’s Game 7 Dagger

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Tuesday night’s buzzer-beating 3-pointer by Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard had the basketball world buzzing, including recently retired Cavalier big man Channing Frye.

After endorsing it as the most cold-blooded shot in NBA history, he was later forced to clarify his proclamation after someone pointed to former Cavs guard Kyrie Irving’s iconic 2016 shot.

Soon after Lillard nailed a 37-footer to send the Trail Blazers to the second round of the Western Conference playoffs, Frye offered this brief endorsement in the unique category.

Hours later, someone offered an equally succinct rebuttal to Frye’s comment, with Frye then explaining his guidelines.

While Lillard’s deep shot from beyond the arc did clinch a first round series for the Trail Blazers, it pales in significance to Irving’s unforgettable basket. In the latter instance, Irving hit a 3-pointer on the road in a tie game during the final minute of Game 7 of the NBA Finals. The Cavaliers went on to win their first and only league title.

Frye didn’t see action in that Game 7 battle in 2016, but he was on the bench for that classic at Oracle Arena. As a resident of Oregon, Frye also had a close look into how the shot is being viewed by fans of the Trail Blazers.

Of course, in the case of Irving’s game-winner, it helped earn Frye a championship ring. That will make sure that his former teammate’s score never fades from his memory.

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Brad Sullivan is a lead writer for Cavaliers Nation. He has spent much of life in the Cleveland, Ohio area, and has remained a Cavalier fan from their 1970 beginnings through the return of LeBron James. While that fandom was sorely tested during the Reign of Error known simply by one word, Stepien, that overall historical perspective will be part of his writing for Cavaliers Nation in the months ahead.