Trail Blazers vs Rockets Saturday, 12/05/09 AT 07:00PM

Trail Blazers 90, Rockets 89: Postgame Quotes

  1. Written by: caseyholdahl


     On Greg Oden
    “We’ve gone through it all year long. We continue to, as Greg said, get these setbacks. Guys are getting injured and not something that we’re tweaking, these are injuries that are keeping guys out for a while. It’s just unfortunate for him. I thought he was the most consistent player this short season as far as what he brought to the floor night in and night out on both ends of the floor… For him to go through this, it’s just unfortunate for him because he worked hard to get ready for this season.”

    “The team that I’ve been looking for, I saw them tonight after [Greg’s injury] and the scrappiness and the being together and connected and as I told them, we keep saying injuries are part of the game and we keep getting hit with some serious injuries, but they have a chance as long as they stay together and they play together and they play with the energy and intensity. I thought that team came together tonight after Greg went down and I really feel it was the first time I’ve seen them play like we are capable of playing and like we played last year – with the scrappiness, with heart, together on both ends of the floor. Execution was better and we end up pulling out a tough game against a very good team.”

    On Roy’s game winner
    “…We talked about running up a pick and roll and he said he didn’t want that. I thought he got fouled a couple times going to the basket, but that’s the Brandon Roy we’ve learned to know here. To see him back, taking that game over late was huge. He played with a lot of poise, a lot of confidence.

    “We had a number of guys step up. I thought Miller was really good tonight making plays and scoring. I thought Bayless who has been sitting there waiting for his opportunity took advantage of that tonight.”


     “He’s just got to do his best to relax and get better and we’ll do our best to continue to play and try to fill in for him. We won a game but at the end of the day, all our hearts are with Greg. We did our best to stay in there tonight. Everybody stepped up and played well. We pulled off a big win, a win that we really needed before this road trip.”

    On last possession
    “I was trying to get as close as I could to the rim and just made a tough shot. I felt like I had a good look on it. I thought I was bumped a little bit but I was just happy we made the shot and got the win.”


    On Greg apologizing for injury
     “He didn’t do anything. People don’t understand that injuries are part of the game. We all are at risk every time we play so I think injuries are going to happen. It’s unfortunate that it’s happened to him. He’s going to be confident and come back strong. I look forward to him coming back… We all know that he didn’t want it to happen. We didn’t want it to happen but we know he’s going to come back strong. ”


     “It was just one of those games where you’ve got it going offensively, but it feels better to get the win.”

    How would you describe season so far?

    “Bad luck. 3 guys that went down are pretty much out for the year. That hurts when you’ve got 3 core guys that go down for the season.”

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