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Postgame Quotes: Nothing Easy In NOLA

02/13/13
  1. Written by: sarahhecht

    February 13, 2013   Trail Blazers 63, Hornets 99

    HEAD COACH TERRY STOTTS

    On the game:
    “We got our butt’s kicked.  We didn’t play well and they were prepared for us, and obviously we didn’t play a very good game.  Defense kind of kept us in it for the 1st half.  We couldn’t get anything going offensively, and it was a long night.”

    On why the offense was bad:
    “Obvious with Wes (Matthews) that it affected it a little bit, and when LaMarcus (Aldridge) went out for a little bit that affected us.  They were really aggressive on Damian (Lillard), and they doubled L.A (Aldridge) on the block, that gave us an opportunity to play against some rotations, and we had some shots we could make.  They got the ball out of Damian’s hands, and LaMarcus’ hands, and we weren’t able to make plays after that”.

    NICOLAS BATUM
    On the loss and the timing of the All-Star Break:
    “It is embarrassing, one of the most embarrassing nights of the year. When we get back next Monday we’ll need to get ready for Phoenix. We need a good break and to get some rest and then get back and have a good game against Phoenix.”

    On offensive struggles:
    “We just try to keep shooting. I don’t know what our shooting percentage was, but we only scored 62 points. It was very tough on this road trip. It’s a rough way to go into the All-Star break losing five games in a row with a big loss, so we just need to get back on track next Monday.”

    WESLEY MATTHEWS
    On the losing streak and the benefit of the All-Star Break:
    “We had a losing streak like this earlier, and we came back with a vengeance. It’s all about peaking at the right time. The beauty of the season in the NBA is that there are so many ups and downs and runs and glory and being mad. We’re just in a funk right now. I hope the All-Star Break will cure that. Everybody can get home, clear their minds, reflect, see where we’re really at and what we can be, and then come back and hit the ground running against Phoenix.”

    On Portland’s playoff chances
    “It’s pretty frustrating with a five game losing streak. We wanted to go out with a good taste in our mouth going into the All-Star Break, still being so close into the playoff race, and we’re still not out of it by any means. To be injured in the first minute-and-a-half and not be able to fight with my team was tough.”

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