Notes & Quotes: Trail Blazers 106, Lakers 107
March 3, 2014
• The Trail Blazers have won at least 41 of their first 60 games for the first time since 2000-01 (42-18).
• Portland tied its season high in total offensive rebounds with 20 (previously set on Jan 11 vs. Boston).
• Nicolas Batum joins Kevin Durant (2013-14) and LeBron James (2009-10) as the only players with 400 rebounds, 300 assists, 100 3-pointers and 40 blocks in their team’s first 60 games since 1985.
• Nicolas Batum is one of five NBA players with 100 3-pointers in each of the last four seasons (Durant, Harden, Korver, Matthews).
• Robin Lopez’s second block tonight was his 100th of the season. He is one of only eight NBA players with 100+ blocks this year.
• Nicolas Batum’s two largest rebounding totals of his career have come in the last two games (16 vs. Denver on March 1 and 15 tonight).
• Damian Lillard’s 166 3-pointers are already fifth-most by a Trail Blazer in a season. He broke the team record with 185 3-pointers last year.
• Nicolas Batum recorded 12 or more rebounds in back-to-back nights for the first time in his NBA career.
• Robin Lopez’s nine offensive rebounds tie a career high (most recently set on January 11 vs. Boston).
• Portland went on a 12-2 run from 5:24 to 0:34 in the fourth gave the Trail Blazers their first lead since taking a 6-4 advantage at the 10:12 mark of the first quarter.
• Robin Lopez has recorded his 10th game this season with 14+ rebounds after entering the year with one such game in his career.
• Nicolas Batum recorded his sixth double-double of the season, totaling 17 points and 15 rebounds. This is the 23rd career double-double for Batum.
• Robin Lopez recorded a new season-high with 19 points (18, twice).
• Portland’s starting post players LaMarcus Aldridge and Robin Lopez combined for 30 points on 13-for-20 FG and 12 rebounds in the first half.
• Robin Lopez scored a season high 13 points in the first half (previously 12, recorded most recently on March 1 vs. Denver).
• Los Angeles recorded 29 assists tonight, the most assists that the Trail Blazers have allowed this season (27, most recently Feb. 1 vs. Toronto).
On Tonight's Game:
“They came out with a lot of fire, a lot of energy. We knew that was the way that they were going to play. Even though that was a different Laker team than we saw in LA, that’s how they came back from being down 20. We fought hard in the second half to make it a game, take over the game, but you give any NBA team confidence, it can bite you in the long run.”
On Getting Behind Early:
“They were making shots. They were making their jumpers. I think we were deflated all the way around. Their energy was a little bit higher than ours. We were missing free throws, which is uncharacteristic of us. As of late, we haven’t been giving up any transition points and we gave up 13 or something like that in the first quarter, so we were a little off of who we normally are.”
You Knew Their Style Was Getting Out In Transition:
“We just didn’t do what we were supposed to do. We knew what they were going to do, we know the way they play. They just executed it. We did what we were supposed to in the second half and made it a game, gave us a chance to win it.”
On Tonight's Game:
“It’s a disappointing loss. I thought the Lakers played really well. They kept the pressure on us the whole game. They came out with more energy to start with and they sustained it throughout the whole game. In the second half, we did a good job defensively but couldn’t quite get over the hump. We just weren’t good enough tonight.”
On Lillard's Last Possession:
“I just wanted to get him a shot. I probably should have run something different. When you’re up there and you have the ball, whatever’s available is available. You can’t second guess that. “I just wanted to give him an opportunity to get a shot off. I felt like any pick and roll, they probably would have trapped it. I felt like the best opportunity for us was for him to try to get a shot off.”
On Lakers Last Offensive Possession:
“I thought it was really good execution. Farmar set a good screen on LA. LA got there, it was a very well executed play. LA was a couple inches below the ball. It was a great pass. Nic was pressuring the ball. It was a good play and well executed.”
On Transition Defense:
“Well to start the game, we gave up 22 in the first half and by our count, we gave up 32. Most of it were after rebounds, not necessarily off of turnovers even though we had a lot of turnovers in the first quarter. We knew that transition and threes were a big part of what they do and make or miss, they were getting it out. They did a good job and we didn’t do a good enough job of stopping their transition.”
On Slow Start:
“I don’t know about flipping the switch, but they started in fifth gear and we kind of started in third gear. Eventually we caught up, but you know, we made a great comeback, take the lead – that’s what you want. You want to be in a position to win the game. If you look at the whole game, the fact that we were ahead with under a minute… we were in a good position to win the game, but we didn’t quite have enough.”
Did Team Overlook Lakers Given Their Record?:
“No. I think it’s a credit to the Lakers. They sustained their style of play from the very beginning. They got out in transition, they were aggressive in passing lanes, they forced eight turnovers in the first quarter. They got us on our heels right away. We got back, but I thought what the Lakers did more than anything was that they came out and sustained it for the entire game.”
On Tonight's Game:
"We just kept playing. They made shots, they got to the free throw line, did some things that made it tough for us to hold our lead, but we just kept playing and we got stops when we needed to and [Mike D'Antoni] drew up a hell of a play off the inbounds and [Kent Bazemore] made a great pass, [Wesley Johnson] made a great finish and we got a stop at the end."
On Uptempo Style Of Play:
"We'll try. That's our advantage. When [Pau Gasol] is in the game, we go to him and let him get his touches, but other than that, we try to push it and catch the defense a little off balance. When we slow it down, we sometimes have a hard time having those stretches - five minutes or so of not scoring. So, we have to push it a little bit, take good shots, but just play with a little bit faster pace."
On How He Feels Physically:
"Yeah, I feel great. I mean, I'm not thinking about it much at all anymore. I'm getting my wind back every game. Hopefully I get some more minutes as the season goes on, but I'm fine, I'm fine. I feel good, I'm just happy to be back out there."
On Defending Lillard Late In The Game:
"[Jodie Meeks] played great defense. He played great all around tonight. You know, he was attacking the basket, he was knocking shots down. I have to take my hat off to him, he played really well.”
On Last Play And Execution:
"Well, obviously, Bazemore made a great pass, [Wesley Johnson] did a great job of executing it, but we were trying to get two or three guys open and he picked the lob, which was spectacular. It was a great pass."
On Team's Energy:
"That was the key. You know, we haven't been able to get to it for different reasons, but the team played much better this way and hopefully we just keep it going and guys seem to be having fun and they played hard tonight. When you have the right spirit, you play hard and good things happen. ”
On Meeks's Play Lately:
"About as well as you can play. He did an unbelievable job on Lillard the last play. He shut him down, stayed in front of him, it was great. And there's just the little things he's doing, you know, he's adding a lot of stuff to his game that he didn't have last year. That's him. I mean, he's turning into a really good player."