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Postgame Notes And Quotes: Narrow Miss At The RG

01/13/13
  1. Written by: sarahhecht


    Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013     Oklahoma City 87, Portland 83

    POSTGAME QUOTES

    HEAD COACH TERRY STOTTS

    On last offensive possession (Aldridge missed shot that could have tied game):
    “There were three options. Nic was setting a back screen on Wes, so you had that option. Nic was coming for a hand-back to an open court, we didn’t get the hand-back. If the hand-back wasn’t there, LA was going to drive. So there were three options on the play and they defended it well.”

    On Lillard’s opportunities/OKC defense:
    “I thought he had some good looks. He had probably better looks than he had in Golden State. They bottled up his pick and rolls pretty well. They kind of crowded him and didn’t let him drive and stayed attached and didn’t give him good looks off the pick and roll. So they did a nice job of containing his pick and rolls.”

    On 3 straight games shooting below 40%:
    “Well we played three good defensive teams. I think that’s part of it. The other part of it is I do think things even out. We’ve had some shots that we can make. We shoot under 50% in the paint – we’re 15 for 36 in the paint, so generally people like to say we take too many jump shots but if we’re not shooting well in the paint, it makes it tough. Shooting percentages usually even themselves out but I’ll give credit to the defense in the last three games as well.”

    WESLEY MATTHEWS
    “We didn’t make enough plays down the stretch.”

    On struggling shooting in last three games as a team:
    “It’s just bumps in the road. That’s how the season goes."

    Did you feel like this was lost opportunity?
    “I feel like we’re supposed to win every game. We won 9 straight at home, beat a lot of quality competition and we just let it go.”

    LAMARCUS ALDRIDGE

    On shot at tying the game late:
    “I thought I was still out further. I just missed it. It felt good when it left my hands, but it definitely wasn’t good when I shot it.”

    Was this one of toughest losses of the season?
    “We’ve had some worse ones, but this is definitely tough to take at home.”

    Do you still want the ball in your hands in last-shot situations?
    “Of course. When I missed it, I said just learn from it next time.”

    DAMIAN LILLARD
    “It was just a rough night for us as a team offensively. LA really had it going, carried us offensively. Nic got it going but I think outside of those two, I think we struggled.”

    “Shots just didn’t fall for us as a group.”

    POSTGAME NOTES

    - End of a streak … Tonight marked the first loss for Portland at the Rose Garden since falling to Sacramento on Dec. 8 … The Trail Blazers had won nine consecutive home games.

    - Defense … The Trail Blazers held Oklahoma City to 87 points, the second fewest points scored this season by the Thunder, and the fewest since OKC scored 84 in their season opener against San Antonio on Nov. 1 … Entering tonight, the Thunder ranked first in the NBA in points per game, averaging 105.7 points per contest.

    - L-Train … LaMarcus Aldridge scored a season-high 33 points tonight, also making a season-best 15 field goals and grabbing 11 rebounds … His 15 field goals are one shy of his career high of 16, set Feb. 2, 2011 vs. San Antonio.

    - Monster numbers … Aldridge recorded his third game of the season with at least 30 points and 10 rebounds … That is tied for the most such games in the NBA this season (L. James, K. Bryant) … It is Aldridge’s 27th 30-point game of his career, and his 15th career game of at least 30 points and 10 rebounds.

    - Moving on up  … With nine defensive rebounds tonight, Aldridge passes Bill Walton for eighth place on Portland’s all-time defensive rebounds list … Aldridge now has 2,275 defensive rebounds as a Trail Blazer.

    - From downtown … Nicolas Batum made three 3-pointers tonight, his 19th game this season with at least three made shots from beyond the arc … That ranks fourth in the NBA, behind Ryan Anderson, Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson.

    - Guarding the perimeter … The Trail Blazers held Oklahoma City to 26.1 percent shooting (6-of-23) from 3-point range … Entering tonight’s contest, the Thunder ranked first in the league in 3-point percentage, shooting 39.6 percent from beyond the arc.

    - Swat city … Portland tallied six blocks against the Thunder tonight, while in the first meeting between the two teams on Nov. 2, the Trail Blazers did not record a blocked shot.

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