Notes & Quotes: Trail Blazers 90, Warriors 74

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October 24, 2013

NOTES

• The Warriors closed the preseason with a record of 3-4, the first time Golden State has finished with a losing record in the preseason under Mark Jackson (1-1 in 2011).

• Portland turned the ball over 21 times, resulting in 20 points for Golden State while the Warriors turned it over 14 times, resulting in 17 points for the Blazers.

• Portland outrebounded (58-47) and outassisted (24-17) Golden State.

• Golden State outscored Portland in points in the paint (32-24), second chance points (13-8) and fast break points (12-10), but committed 26 fouls to 15 for Portland with the Blazers hitting 24-of-28 (.857) from the free throw line.

• After Golden State led by as much as 11 in the first half, Portland opened the second half on a 22-4 run, outscoring the Warriors 25-9 in the third quarter, never trailing after the 7:05 mark of the third quarter.

• Portland had a span of 17 straight defensive stops on Golden State during the third quarter.

• After shooting 22-of-50 (.440) from the field in the first half, Golden State shot just 10-of-47 (.213) in the second half.

• Golden State finished the preseason, holding opponents to 93.0 points on .417 shooting from the field, .347 from three-point range.

• Stephen Curry finished with 17 points and six assists on 7-of-22 (.318) shooting from the field, 1-of-5 from three… For the preseason, Curry averaged 16.0 points and 4.7 assists while shooting .364 from the field, .356 from three.

• Klay Thompson scored 16 points on 8-of-20 (.400) shooting to go with five rebounds… For the preseason, Thompson averaged a team-high 16.9 points on 44.5 percent shooting from the field, 36.6 percent from three.

• Andre Iguodala finished with nine points, four rebounds and two assists in 32 minutes… For the preseason, Iguodala averaged 8.7 points, 4.0 rebounds and 4.6 assists in 31.3 minutes.

• Damian Lillard scored a game-high 21 points on 7-of-16 (.438) shooting to go with five assists.

• LaMarcus Aldridge finished with a double-double, totaling 16 points and 12 rebounds in 32 minutes, returning from a two game absence.

• Nicolas Batum also notched a double-double with 10 points and 15 rebounds in 37 minutes.

QUOTES

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Nicolas Batum
On Troubling Stephen Curry With His Length:
“He [Stephen Curry] is one of the best players in the league so I just tried to put some length on him. He’s one of the best shooters in the world so we tried to deny him and put some length on him and make him put the ball on the floor.”

On Having A Strong Game On The Glass:
“I’ve been trying to work on that. It’s part of my game that I’m trying to improve and stay consistent with. The last two games I’ve rebounded well defensively. The bigs are working hard inside and if I’m able to rebound well it’s good for us.”

On Team's Preseason Play
“We’ve played well. We’ve won two on the road. It’s not easy to win on the road especially in Utah and Golden State. It’s good for us, especially when we start the season and go out on the road and we feel like we’re dangerous. It’s good for the team to get the road wins as we head into the season.”

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Damian Lillard
On Executing And On Defensive Play:
“I think that we’ve been improving. In training camp, defense was a huge emphasis. I think each game we’ve gotten better. We’ve been able to put the things out on the floor that we worked on during training camp and the things that we were excited about. We’ve been able to execute what we’ve wanted to and hopefully we’re able to continue that going into the regular season.”

On Tonight's Defensive Effort:
“In all of their pick and rolls we were able to pursue over the top. We got through their ball screens and we stayed attached. We made them take tough shots and we cleaned up the glass. I remember seeing LaMarcus [Aldridge] and Nico [Batum] getting every rebound. Outside of us playing hard and pursuing over the pick-and-rolls and staying attached, we cleaned up the glass. We didn’t let them get second chance shots. We took it at them. We got some foul calls and got to the line and that’s when the game started going in our direction.”

On Defending Stephen Curry:
“He’s a great shooter. Sometimes he’ll make a shot when you’re right in his face. You might foul him and he’ll still make it. We just wanted to let the percentages win. There aren’t too many guys on this planet that are able to make every shot when you’re in their face. With me, I’m quick enough to play up into him and stay attached. I think I did a good job on him tonight and when we changed it up using Nico’s [Batum] length, we made it hard for him.”

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Terry Stotts
On Tonight's Game:
“I thought we played an exceptional defensive half in the second half, particularly the third quarter. We had it marked as 17 consecutive stops or something like that. Nicolas Batum was terrific guarding Steph Curry. He chased him around, made it difficult for him. We rebounded the ball well. We took a lot of pride in our defense, and on a night when offense wasn’t very good we were able to pull away because of our defense.”

On Their 22-0 Run:
“Well, we knew we were playing good defense. We keep track of each possession, so we knew how many consecutive stops we had. It just got contagious. The players out there took a lot of pride in each possession and so did the bench. I mean, we were getting into it. To be honest I didn’t know what the run was. I just knew about the consecutive stops."

On Defense In The First Half
“Well, the first half was a good defensive half. I think there were 0-for-10 at the rim, and they just shot the mid-range shot really well. You kind of live with that, but we continued with it. Again, it was a team effort. Our pick and roll coverage is a team effort. You give a team like Golden State—I think they only had like three or four points in transition in the first half, so we were not giving up a lot of easy baskets which is one of our priorities.”

On Nicolas Batum's Defense And Rebounding
“Nick has the ability to impact the game in a lot of different ways. Tonight you saw his rebounding and defense. Obviously he can score. He can pass. One of the things we talked about is on a given night it’s going to be one thing it’s going to be another and embracing that challenge every night—to have an impact on the game and not necessarily knowing how that impact is going to play out. Tonight it was pretty obvious, his rebounding and defense were terrific.”

On Why The Second Half Unit Was So Affective:
“Well one was I thought we had good length. Nick’s length on Curry I thought was affective. They tried to post Damian [Lillard] and Damian did a nice job of defending [Klay] Thompson on the block. Our bigs rebounded the ball well. Like I said they protected our paint, protected the rim. I thought it was just a combination of a lot of things.”

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Andre Iguodala
On Weaknesses:
The way we played in the first half was solid. We had good moments the last two nights. Tonight we just didn’t make shots. That’s going to be our Achilles heel, when we’re not making shots, how do we defend when the ball’s not going in the hole. That’s something for our team to work on.”

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Mark Jackson
On If He Thought He Would Go Back To His Starters Late:
“No, not initially, but I thought it would be a good chance for them to work up a sweat considering the fact they can’t do anything tomorrow after back-to-back games.”

On If He Had Any Concerns During The Preseason:
“Back-to-back nights we did not play the same way in the second half. We have to work on that and be better. For some reason the ball stopped moving and we stopped pushing it. Part of the reason was because the pace was slow because we were fouling and they were shooting foul shots. I’m glad the preseason is over with and now we move on to the regular season.”

On If He's Satisfied With The Preseason:
“Yes, because for the most part we are healthy.”

On If He Thinks The Team Was Too Anxious To Start The Season:
“We are a no excuse basketball team and I’m not going to tolerate that type of basketball in the preseason, practice or what – that’s how you develop bad habits. That’s unacceptable.”