Notes & Quotes: Trail Blazers 91, Bulls 74
March 28, 2014
• Portland's 23 wins vs. the East are tied for most non-conference wins of any NBA team. Portland has completed its East schedule at 23-7.
• The Trail Blazers complete their Eastern Conference Central Division schedule with a 9-1 record (5-0 at home).
• Portland allowed a season-low 74 points tonight (78, March 5 vs. Atlanta).
• Portland has won each of its last three games at Chicago, all by double digits.
• Robin Lopez is one of six NBA players with five games of at least five blocks this year (Davis, Hibbert, Ibaka, Jordan, Drummond).
• Wesley Matthews' first 3-pointer tonight is his 182nd of the season, third-most by a Trail Blazer in a season, all-time.
• Portland swept the season series against Chicago, 2-0, for the second straight season. The Trail Blazers defeated the Bulls 98-95 in Portland on Nov. 22, led by Wesley Matthews’ game-high, and season-high 28 points. The last time the Bulls split a season series against the Trail Blazers was the 2010-11 season, and the last time Chicago won a season series against Portland was the 2006-07 season.
• Against Portland, the Bulls have lost six straight games overall and three straight games at the United Center. The six-game losing streak to the Trail Blazers is currently the longest losing streak the Bulls have against any opponent. The last time Chicago defeated Portland was in the Windy City on Nov. 1, 2010.
• Before tonight the Bulls ranked second in both opponents points per game (91.9) and field goal percentage (.429). In two games against Chicago this season, Portland averaged 94.5 ppg and shot .423 (71-168 FG) from the floor.
• Chicago failed to reach 80 points for the 11th time this season. The Bulls are now 0-11 on the season when they score below 80 points. In the 2012-13 season, Chicago was 0-8 when they scored below 80 points.
• Chicago trailed 58-73 entering the fourth quarter. This season, the Bulls are 5-27 overall and 2-11 at the United Center when they enter the fourth quarter trailing their opponent.
• Mo Williams scored a game-high 18 points (7-12 FG, 1-2 3FG, 3-3 FT), grabbed three rebounds and added two assists. This season, Williams has scored in double figures 29 times, including two games with 20-plus points.
• D.J. Augustin scored 15 points (7-17 FG, 1-7 3FG), added a team-high seven assists and grabbed four boards. This season, Augustin has led the Bulls in assists 22 times, and has scored in double figures 38 times, including 11 games with 20-plus points.
• Joakim Noah recorded his team-leading 37th double-double of the season, with 11 points (5-12 FG, 1-2 FT) and 10 boards. Noah also added six assists. This season, Noah has scored in double figures 50 times, including 11 games with 20-plus points.
• Carlos Boozer recorded his 22nd double-double of the season, with team-highs of 16 points (8-15 FG) and 12 rebounds. This season, Boozer has scored in double figures 50 times, including 10 games with 20-plus points and one game with 30-plus points.
On Defense Tonight:
“Our defense tonight was just an example of everyone being there for each other. When you know there is someone behind you, it gives you the confidence to be aggressive. That’s how I felt out there tonight. I’m impressed with how we played out there tonight. We want to continue that now.”
On Having Aldridge Back:
“Even if he didn’t have a big point night, he puts pressure on everyone. When he gets that ball on the block, they have to double team him. Everyone else benefits.”
On Playing Against Noah:
“Yes, I enjoy playing against him. I think that you have to get up for him because Joe brings it every night. If you don’t bring the same energy you are going to get burned by him. He is a tremendous player but he is also very intelligent out there. That is a very rare combination.”
On Tonight's Game:
“I’m really proud of the way we played tonight. We stayed locked in and our defense was solid. We didn’t give up easy baskets to them. It also helped that we came out in that 3rd quarter and made shots. It’s great to get back to back wins here and after our good game last night.”
On Pending Playoff Picture:
“Every game is critical now. They playoff positioning is not set. The last couple of games on the trip got away from this group however this team knows what it has to do. It is easy to get caught up in emotions with the rollercoaster effect of wins and losses. You just can’t get too high or too low.”
On Team Defense Tonight:
“Our defense was why we won the game tonight. Our defense was limiting their easy baskets in transitions and putbacks. We also took the 3 ball out of their game.”
On LaMarcus Aldridge's Game:
“His presence on the court puts pressure on everyone. He does a lot more to help us win then just his field goal percentage. I liked his demeanor out there tonight. When he rebounds, as he did tonight, he is a force for us.”
On The Other Contributors To The Win:
“I thought Mo Williams played terrific tonight. The way he played tonight was great because we needed his scoring and defense. Usually when he can score for us, we win. Dorell Wright’s minutes were also good for us. He was guarding Noah out there and played well and also gave us spacing out there.”
On Tonight's Game:
“They played really well. They shot the ball really well especially from the three point line. That was something we wanted to stop them from doing. But they did a good job of getting them off. Being able to hit those threes, and a couple bounces didn’t go our way when we were trying to make our comeback. They did a good job of beating us tonight.”
Were You Rusty Because Of The Lay-Off?:
“No, I don’t think so. Sometimes that happens in the NBA. You just have to bounce back and be ready for the next game. We didn’t do a great job of covering a three point line. We had some good looks but the shots just were not falling.”
Was The Game Plan To Run Them Off The Three-Point Line?:
“Yes. The best way to stop the three is to not let them take the three. We wanted to try to limit it as best we could but they did a good job of getting it off.”
On Robin Lopez And Mo Williams:
“Mo came off the bench and really shot the ball well, played well. Robin is just an active guy, really big down there. He plays good defense. He did a good job on offensive boards, too. A great job by those two guys.”
On No Edge At The Start:
“We were flat. They had something to do with that. We did not cover the line we would like to. It just seemed like we were a step behind the play. A couple of them were scramble threes and you can live with that. A couple other ones we lacked discipline. We did not close out and we let the ball get to the middle and they made good plays. They played unselfishly. We did not cover the line the way we needed to.”
On Robin Lopez:
“The game tells you the play. I thought we had opportunities to get shots. Our head has to be up. If a guy sits back you have to be ready to shoot. We did not shoot the ball well tonight. Lopez was real active on the weak side. He was playing the pass and sometimes we were trying to thread the needle which leads guys into trouble. We have to play the weak side better. That is something we can correct.”
On The Blazer Ball Movement:
“They went small with Wright. That’s where we could have been more disciplined. That is something we could correct also.”