Notes & Quotes: Trail Blazers 111, Jazz 99
April 11, 2014
• The win tonight marks the 200th victory for Terry Stotts as a head coach in the NBA.
• The Trail Blazers are the only team in the NBA with at least 13 wins within their division (13-3 vs. Northwest).
• Portland finishes 13-3 vs. the Northwest, tied for best record by any team since the Northwest Division formed in 2004-05 (OKC, 2010-11).
• The Trail Blazers have swept the Jazz (4-0) in a season series for the first time in the 40-year history of the series.
• Portland has won its 23rd and final road game of the season (23-18), tied for sixth-most by the Trail Blazers in team history.
• Damian Lillard now has 463 fourth-quarter points this season (14 tonight), second in the NBA only to Kevin Durant (488).
• Against the Jazz, the Trail Blazers are 76-93 all-time and 18-66 in Salt Lake City
• All of Portland’s starters scored in double figures tonight, led by Wesley Matthews who had a game-high tying 21 points
• LaMarcus Aldridge had a game-high 14 rebounds.
• Trey Burke recorded his eighth double-double of the season with 14 points and a game-high 11 assists
• Alec Burks played a career-high 42 minutes (previously 38 (3), last at IND 3/2/14).
• Enes Kanter recorded his 22nd double-double of the season with 15 points and 13 rebounds.
On Damian Lillard's Leadership:
“He’s more of a lead by example type of guy. We’ve got a lot of leaders on this team, so it’s almost a lead by committee.”
On Utah's Effort:
“I don’t think we anticipated it being easy. They put up a fight like we knew they were going to. This has always been a tough place to play. I’m still mad I missed a lot of easy ones, but I’m happy with the win and happy with the Houston loss too.”
On Lillard's Big Second Half:
“I knew it was a matter of time. You watch him and as soon as it (the ball) leaves (his hand), I put my hands up. I knew it was good when he shot. I was laughing, walking back, because I knew it was going in. He’s a real life microwave.”
On Utah's Effort:
“They played a good game. It was a real tough three quarters. Individually, I made the right plays. Other guys had it going for the most part, but in the fourth quarter it was a tight game down the stretch and I got a little more aggressive and I was able to make some things happen.”
On Big Fourth Quarter:
“The first one (shot) felt real good. Once that one felt good, I said, ‘If I get another clean look, I’m going to raise up again,’ and I happened to get a couple more and I hit a couple in a row. I’m just happy it came at a time when we needed it.”
On Playing Back In Utah:
“I wouldn’t say it’s different. It’s always exciting to see a lot of familiar faces and a lot of people I’ve grown really close with. I enjoy coming back.”
On Closing Out The Season:
“We got two games left. We just got to stay focused and finish the right way. The good thing is that we’re in the playoffs, and we got a couple of big games coming up that could determine a few changes in the seeding. We just got to stay locked in on one game at a time and end the season off the right way.”
On The Win:
“It was good to get a win. We were disappointed with our defense in the first quarter, but I thought we really turned it around in the second and third quarter, defensively. That’s how we need to continue to play. This place is always a tough place to play. Utah plays hard every time. So it was a quality win for us.”
On Damian Lillard:
“He just hit the three threes and kind of felt it. Those threes really turned the momentum of the game. I don’t think L.A. (LaMarcus Aldridge) was in the game. We had our shooting lineup in. Damian (Lillard) just took it on himself to make something happen.”
“I think he’s really grown as far as (being) a leader on the court. Last year, he just willed himself through the season. It was learning on the job. This year he’s much more comfortable with his team and with the NBA. I think you see his leadership abilities on the court, particularly.”
On How He Likes His Team Heading Into The Playoffs:
“I like our team. We’re coming together at the right time. We’ve won, I think, seven out of eight. Defensively, we’ve been locked in. I think our offense is starting to come around again, like it was earlier (in the season). I think we’re all looking forward to the playoffs. Once you’re in the playoffs, anything can happen.”
On Rudy Gobert:
“I think that (Rudy Gobert) brought a lot tonight off the bench. I’m hoping that he’ll keep playing like that. This group has been together a long time. Not a long, long time, but two or three years. We’re still trying to get used to each other, learn how to play together. But I think it’s going to work out really well in the end.”
On What The Team Needs To Do To Improve:
“We just have to learn how to finish quarters. (Especially) how to finish the last quarter. They went pretty hard. They put their head on us, and we just couldn’t answer.”
On Tonight's Game:
“We fought for 48 minutes. We made some mental mistakes right before half, which caused us to be behind in the end. Obviously, Damian (Lillard) and his shots came at the right time.”
“(Damian Lillard) made two or three threes at the right moment. We knew he was going to be more aggressive in the second half. Overall, their whole team did a good job of continuing to execute. We made some mental errors we couldn’t afford to make: small turnovers, not communicating on the weak side, rotating back to (LaMarcus) Aldridge, rotating out to Wes Matthews. We can go any direction as to why we lost tonight, but the main reason is that we just didn’t execute down the stretch.”
On Tonight's Game:
“It feels good. I’ve been waiting for this moment. It feels good to play. I feel good, I’m in good shape and my teammates passed me the ball. I was just trying to make it tough for the other team, protect the basket and block shots. I’m tall, so that’s what I like to do.”
On Benefits Of Playing With A Young Lineup:
“It provides experience. You can’t teach that. Playing together, when you get that experience, you get chemistry. You can’t teach that.”
On The Fourth Quarter:
“They made some shots. Damian (Lillard) I think hit about 10 or 11 points right there in that stretch. We closed out, they got a transition basket, and he made a couple threes. We closed out with our hands down. For the most part, we did a pretty good job up until that point. Give them credit, they made some plays down the stretch.”
On The Different Rotation:
“We put Alec (Burks) in there. Marvin (Williams) is out, so we wanted to try and look at a couple different things. I thought Alec did a good job of everything and picked the pace up some for us. Derrick (Favors) got into foul trouble, and then we had to change up a little bit. I thought the guys came out focused and executed the game plan for the most part.”