Notes & Quotes: Trail Blazers 113, Warriors 101

Notes & Quotes: Trail Blazers 113, Warriors 101


November 23, 2013

NOTES

  • At the 3:42 mark of the third quarter, Andrew Bogut was assessed a technical foul, while Draymond Green was ejected for the Warriors… Wesley Matthews (second technical foul, ejected), LaMarcus Aldridge and Joel Freeland were also assessed technicals while Mo Williams was ejected for Portland… The Blazers outscored the Warriors 42-22 following the technicals.
    • The Blazers extended their winning streak to 10 games, tying the Spurs’ current NBA-high 10-game streak, their first double-digit streak since December 2007 (13 games).
  • • LaMarcus Aldridge finished with 30 points and a season-high 21 rebounds, three steals and three blocks, setting career-highs in free throws made (16) and free throws attempted (19)… He became the only player in franchise history to post three games with at least 30 points and 20 rebounds with his last 30-point, 20-rebound effort coming on 4/17/13 vs. Golden State with an identical 30 points and 21 rebounds… He also became the first player in the NBA since David Robinson (2/27/92) to notch 30 points, 21 rebounds, three steals and three blocks.
  • •  Damian Lillard finished with 20 points and nine assists, shooting 6-of-20 (.300) from the field, 2-of-7 (.286) from three.

 

QUOTES

Wesley Matthews


Wesley Matthews


ON THE WIN:
“It was a big time win for us. It was a hard-fought game. We were tested like we were in Chicago, coming off a tough back-to-back and they shot it well. Klay (Thompson) had a great shooting night. Steph (Curry) came back so there was a lot of emotion in the building. We fought through that and we’re able to come out with a victory.”

ON GETTING EJECTED:
“It’s just basketball. It’s part of the game. It’s just intense.”

ON THE GAME’S INTENSITY:
“They are a tough team. They are a playoff team and we are a tough team so that is just two tough teams going at it. We were able to pull out a victory with a serious gut-check similar to the one we had with Chicago. I am proud of this team.”

 

Damian Lillard
Damian Lillard


ON HITTING TWO BIG THREES AFTER THE ALTERCATION:
“I think they came at a perfect time for us. It was right after all the scuffle had happened. They got a few foul shots, a few free throws, and the lead was borderline nine, 10. We were kind of stuck there for a second. Then those shots fell and I think we got some rhythm and a little bit of momentum and we held on to it.”

 

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Terry Stotts

ON TONIGHT’S GAME:
“That was a pretty gutty win I thought on our part. There were a lot of great performances from our team. I could go down the list of all our players and point out something that they did to help us get the win. Obviously, the altercation changed the complexion of the game; I liked the way we responded. I liked the way we stood up for each other and I liked the way we competed in the second half.”

ON LaMARCUS ALDRIDGE:
“We rode LaMarcus in the second half. With Wes [Wesley Matthews] and Mo [Williams] out, the one thing the altercation did do was buy us some rest time. That was a long break and it allowed LA to play for the rest of the half. He took it inside and got to the free throw line and made his free throws, offensive rebounds. He did it all and we rode him.”

ON MIDGAME ALTERCATION:
“I haven’t seen any of the video. To be honest, they have time to watch the video and see what happened so I’m sure they made the right decisions.”

ON CHANG IN TEAM AFTER ALTERCATION:
“I thought it brought us together. I thought everybody was sticking up for everybody. The game was going back and forth and I don’t know if we necessarily had a lot going; I thought it really brought us together.”

ON PLAYERS INVOVLED IN ALTERCATION:
“We had four technical; we had four guys in there so four of the five guys on the court got T’s. It’s emotional, tempers flare, that happens, but I think what was more important for us was how we responded to.

ON THE 10-GAME WINNING STREAK:
“I’ll be honest, I don’t know how much noise there is. Obviously we know we’ve got a winning streak but it’s so early in the season and there’s so much season ahead of us. As I said last night, we haven’t proven anything, we haven’t done anything, and we have a lot to prove. I think our approach to it, the players approach to it, has been commendable and what it needs to be.”


LaMarcus Aldridge

LaMarcus Aldridge


ON HOW THE TEAM RESPONDED AFTER THE ALTERCATION:
“Our guys came together and our guys played tough. I thought that we all came together, put it all on our defense and became more aggressive offensively. Our guys took the challenge of trying to be more physical down low and it worked out for us.”

ON HIS SUCCESS AT THE FREE THROW LINE:
“I’m just trying to get better. Every game I have definitely gotten back and trying to take more shots early. I normally do just five or ten free throws but now I’m doing like 20 or 25 free throws in my pregame, just trying to find my rhythm. I’m trying to be more confident at that and it is working for me.”

 

Mark Jackson
Golden State Head Coach Mark Jackson


ON WHAT WENT WRONG AFTER THE ALTERCATION:
“Just bad basketball. One thing we will not win is a shootout – we’re not built that way. They had their way on the offensive end and we did not defend without fouling. LaMarcus Aldridge got it going and it hurt us. We were not disciplined on the offensive end. We did not respond once the altercation took place.”

ON THE TRAIL BLAZERS SECOND HALF RUN AFTER THE ALTERCATION:
“I thought we gave them life by not doing what we had been doing the entire first half. I thought in the first half we had great energy and made plays on both sides of the basketball. That’s a good basketball team and you have to be able to sustain it and we did not and paid the price because of it.”

ON LAMARCUS ALDRIDGE:
“He got the foul line and hurt us that way. He went on the block and hurt us. Overall just disappointed with our effort in the second half.”

ON IF HE THOUGHT KLAY THOMPSON FOULING OUT WAS A FACTOR:
“No, it didn’t matter.  I think at the end of the day they elevated their play and we did not.”

ON THE TRAILBLAZERS DEFENSE:
“We were just bad – just bad. I thought there were some times where we let our inability to make shots affect the way we defended. That’s not who we are. We didn’t give the same energy the same effort. The 50/50 balls, the long rebounds and loose balls – they got every single one of them. When we are on top of our game those are ours and we turn them into transition baskets. That’s a team that scored 64 points in the second half. 48 points off turnovers and second chance opportunities. You can’t win, you can’t win that way.”

Andrew Bogut 
Andrew Bogut
 
ON THE TRAIL BLAZERS’ EFFORT:
“They got in the paint very, very easily. They broke us down off the dribble. It’s not one thing on the stat sheet. They got to every loose ball before us, had more offensive rebounds than us. It seems like every 50-50 ball that was lying on the ground, they got. They deserved to win, they made us look silly out there, especially in the fourth quarter.”
 
ON HIS ELBOW:
“It’s okay, just a little sore; nothing too serious, just general knots of an NBA game. I think a lot of guys are banged up right now and we’ve just got to try our best to stay healthy.”
 
ON CHANGE OF MOMENTUM:
“A little bit, yeah. But they’re a team that gets up a lot of threes. They’re a team that takes the first open look, so they went on a run and we kind of crumbled.”
 
ON INJURIES:
“We have built-in excuses to lose games because we have injuries, but every team goes through injuries, so we need to find a way to respond. In my opinion one of our best playmakers in Andre [Iguodala], Steph [Curry] came back today, so readjusting with him. We’ve got to do what we can. No one will feel sorry for us and like I said, we can’t use this as an excuse now because we have injuries.”
 
ON HAVING THREE DAYS OFF:
“Yeah it is. We don’t have very many this month or next month so we’ll take it to get some rest, get over whatever is bothering guys and hopefully bounce back on Tuesday.”
 

Klay Thompson

Klay Thompson

 
ON FOULING OUT:
“Yeah it’s on me. Once I get my third foul I’ve got to play less with my hands and take less chances. It’s on me. I’ll learn, it won’t happen again, especially late in the fourth. As much as you feel that you didn’t get the call or it was the wrong call, you can’t do anything about it. You’ve just got to move on and I didn’t do that tonight.”
 
ON PLAYING AGGRESSIVE:
“Yeah, you want to play aggressive. I love playing aggressive at both ends but you’ve got to learn from it. Fouling out does nothing, it’s terrible. It’s the worst thing I could have done, so I’ll learn from it.”