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Transcript: Nate McMillan Postgame

  1. Written by: caseyholdahl

    The following is a transcript of Nate McMillan's comments following Portland's 90-89 victory against the Rockets.

    "We’ve gone through it all year long and we just continue to get, as Greg said, get these setbacks where guys are getting injured. Not something that we’re tweaking; these are injuries that are keeping guys out for a while. 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, both ends of the floor. I didn’t quite see what happened but for him to go through this, just unfortunate for him because he worked hard to get ready for this year."

    "The team that I’ve been looking for, I saw them tonight after that. The scrappiness and being together and connected. As I told them, we keep saying injuries are a 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 the intensity. I thought that team came together tonight after Greg went down. I really feel it was the first time I’ve seen them play like we’re capable of playing and like we played last year with the scrappiness, with heart, together on both ends of the floor, execution was better. We end up pulling out a tough game against a very good team."

    On the plan for the last play

    "To spread the floor. We talked about running off a pick and roll. (Brandon) 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 and we had a number of guys step up tonight. I though Miller was really good tonight making plays, scoring. I thought Bayless, who’s been sitting there waiting for his opportunity, took advantage of that tonight."

    Did you say anything to Greg?

    He was right in the locker room at halftime. The gameplan, we talked about the adjustments we needed to make. He was sitting there encouraging the guys to go out and get it done. He’s been in the locker room since halftime and he was there with us afterwards.

    How do you feel for him?

    Again, a very unfortunate situation. I think he did all the things he needed to do this summer to get himself ready for this year. He came back and showed the potential we felt he had. Again, I don’t know if it was knee on knee tonight, but just a weird situation. We don’t know how long he’s going to be out but we’re hoping to get him back as soon as possible.

    What did you say at halftime and postgame?

    We have to keep it together, and that was the talk before the game. We knew Rudy was going to be out. That’s what we need to do to win basketball games is to play hard, to scrap. That was part of what that practice was about yesterday: playing hard, scrapping, and staying together. Feeling sorry for yourself, there’s nothing we can do about that. There are injuries, there are opportunities for other guys. The only way we’re going to have a chance is to do what we did tonight: come together and play together.

    On the upcoming road trip

    As I said, I won’t be there. It looks like a couple other guys might not be there, but they did it tonight. The coaching staff, we know what we need to do. Coach Dean and Coach Monty and Coach Bayno and Coach Prunty, all those guys know what we need to do. It’s not just my gameplan that is put out on that floor; it’s what the coaching staff comes up with. So I don’t see any real major changes as far as what we do and what we need to do to win.

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