Blazers Discuss Their Summer League Performances After Loss To Timberwolves
The Portland Trail Blazers finished out their Las Vegas Summer League with a 72-66 loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves at the Thomas & Mack Center on the campus of UNLV.
Portland, playing their fourth game in as many nights, rested most of their players who are currently under contract with the team except for the Terrel Harris, who finished with a game-high 25 points to go along with six rebounds, two assists and two steals, and rookie Allen Crabbe, who finished with nine points and seven rebounds.
With the loss, the Trail Blazers finish their summer league schedule with a 1-5 record. But summer league is much more about young players improving than it is team victories. With that in mind, here's what Thomas Robinson, Joel Freeland and Allen Crabbe had to say about their experience at the 2013 Las Vegas Summer league, as well as acting summer league head coach Nate Tibbetts' thoughts each players' performance and the performance of Victor Claver.
Thomas Robinson on his performance at summer league:
"I think it was better (than last summer league). I got back to a little better feel. Still not there all the way but making progress. Built some chemistry with the guys, the staff. It was a fair performance. I've still got some work to do. Last four games were pretty good for me. It's coming along, but it's still not there yet."
Coach Nate Tibbetts on Thomas Robinson's performance:
"I think we learned about Thomas. The first two games he was trying to see where he fit in. Defensively, he got better as the week went on. And he was a rebounding force. He can be that guy. He's probably not going to get 17, 18 rebounds a night for us (in the regular season), but if he gets eight to 12, we'd take that every day of the week."
Joel Freeland on his performance at summer league:
"I felt, all in all, it was a very constructive summer league for me, personally. I had nothing but compliments from all the coaches about the effort I gave. All the stuff that we were working on in the summer leading up to the summer league that I actually put into the games, they were really impressed with that. I have nothing but confidence now going into my training for the offseason and into next year.
"It was all defense. Defense and hustle. I went after every rebound I could in the minutes I was given. I played defense to the best of my ability and I felt like I took steps forward with that as well, especially with the verticality that we were working on, protecting the rim, not letting people get easy layups and just being aware. This is the kind of stuff I had to work on to get better and to give myself an opportunity to play minutes next year."
Coach Nate Tibbetts on Joel Freeland's performance:
"I think Joel, of all our guys, he's the one guy that was consistent all week. He's kind of a rebound, bruiser, Nick Collison-type guy that can impact the game without the basketball in his hands. He showed that he can be that guy."
Allen Crabbe on his performance at summer league:
"Just got some experience, that's it. Don't really feel like I played that great overall, but I know everything is not going to come right away. I've just got to get the experience and just find my spots. It's a process for me. I understand that certain things do come faster for others. The only thing I can focus on is working on the things I need to work on so I can improve and do whatever I can do to help contribute."
Coach Nate Tibbetts on Allen Crabbe's performance:
"Allen didn't get a lot of shots early. He's a guy that needs the help of others to get him looks. We didn't have a lot of (plays) in. Coach Stotts' offensive system, there's a lot of moving pieces and he'll get open looks as the year goes on and he finds his way."
Coach Nate Tibbetts on Victor Claver's performance:
He's kind of been in and out. In June he was kind of in workouts, out of workouts. And then he comes here, bumps his leg, so he misses a couple games. I thought his first game back he was really good. Victor, he's just got to play with confidence, shoot the ball with confidence. But defensively, he does a lot of good things because he's so big and can move his feet. So he can be a bigt-ime defender for us with the second until.
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