Trail Blazers vs Clippers Thursday, 11/08/12 AT 07:30PM

Post-Game Notes And Quotes: An Almost-Comeback

  1. Written by: sarahhecht

    November 8, 2012     Los Angeles Clippers 103, Portland 90 


    - Including tonight’s sellout crowd of 20,425, Portland has sold out 194 consecutive games (regular season and playoffs) at the Rose Garden.
    - With the win, the Clippers have now won three in a row against the Trail Blazers. The last time Los Angeles won that many consecutive games against Portland was between the 2004-05 and 2006-07 seasons, when the Clippers won five straight games against the Trail Blazers.
    - Portland ended the third quarter on runs of 26-8 and 18-4. The Trail Blazers shot 12-of-17 (70.6 percent) from the floor in the third period.
    - The Trail Blazers’ 32 points in the third quarter matched a season high for most points scored in a quarter. The 15-point advantage by Portland in the third (32-17) is the most the Trail Blazers have outscored a team in a single quarter this season.
    - Every team that Portland has faced so far this season finished the 2011-12 season with a winning record.
    - The Trail Blazers have only recorded more turnovers than their opponents in one of five games to begin the season.
    - Nicolas Batum led Portland in points (23), rebounds (9), 3-pointers made (3) and free throws made (8). Batum tied for the team lead in assists (5), steals (3) and blocks (1).
    - Batum scored 12 of his 23 points in the third quarter.
    - Batum tied a season high with nine rebounds.
    - With seven made 3-pointers, the Trail Blazers have made more shots from distance than their opponents in four of five games this season.
    - After blocking eight shots last night against San Antonio, the Clippers recorded just three blocks against Portland.
    - Meyers Leonard scored a career-high eight points, and also recorded his second consecutive game with at least six points and six rebounds.
    - Damian Lillard finished with a career-high three steals.
    - DeAndre Jordan scored a season-high 21 points against Portland. Jordan’s career-high is 23 points.
    - Blake Griffin, who came into the game against the Trail Blazers averaging 17.4 points and 8.4 rebounds, was held to just seven points and 10 rebounds against Portland.


    “I was pleased with the way we kind of came back in the second half. We competed and did a lot of good things, but certainly the first half we didn’t defend, we didn’t give much resistance to what they were doing and we put ourselves in a hole. I was very disappointed in the way we played, the way we competed in the first half, but the second half was what we need to do every time we are on the court.”

    On switching Batum onto Paul after halftime:
    “We talked about it as a coaching staff and thought that was worth a shot. I know Nic had guarded him in previous years, so it was just something to change it up defensively.”

    On rebounds/points in paint disparity:
    “I don’t know if we have a formula for winning games yet. We shot more free throws, most games we shoot more free throws and lose points in the paint. We’re perimeter oriented. Damian, Wes, and Nic are primarily perimeter players. I think we’ve got to run. Points in the paint, that’s what they do. They excel at getting penetration. Their bigs are effective in the paint. It’s difficult to beat them in that area.”

    On Crawford’s game
    “He played the way he’s been playing this season. He’s always been a great one on one player. He’s an effective scorer and a shooter. He’s averaging 21 coming into this game and he had 25, so he’s been on a little roll.”

    On Aldridge getting looks in the post:
    “I want him to do everything. We posted him up. We had him in pick and rolls. They did a good job of forcing out his post ups a little bit, but what I want is for him to have a little bit of everything. We call his post up plays, and involve him in pick and rolls and give him free throw isos. So he’s going to have a variety of looks.”

    On shooting percentage disparity:
    “The first half skewed the whole thing. The shooting percentages in the first half were very disparate. The third quarter obviously made up for a lot of that in the final tally, but on the whole, we didn’t offer much resistance in the first half. They shot close to 60 percent the first half. They pretty much did what they wanted.”

    On difference between first half and third quarter:
    “They just played harder and we didn’t have a lot of energy. We did something as simple as play with more energy. We played harder and that led to shots falling. We were able to make a run, but they just weathered the storm.”

    On taking positives about coming back?
    “Just that we know when we play like that, with a lot of energy and when we’re flying around, playing hard and moving the ball, we know that we can play with one of the best teams in the league. At the same time, we can’t put ourselves in that hole, because we’re not that level of a team to be able to fight back every time.”

    On cutting to 4 but coming up short
    “I think we got it to that point and it took a lot out of us and we just weren’t able to make that next play. There was probably a stop that we could have made and then got another offensive position. A couple times we gave up offensive rebounds, a couple fouls with a low shot clock. So I think it came down to us just not being able to make that next play.”

    “We did it to ourselves in the first half. We dug a hole. IN the third quarter, we were able to find our way and dig out and we just came up a few plays short.”

    On matchup with Chris Paul:
    “Like I said before the game, he’s probably the best point guard in the league and I just wanted to come out and get some respect, let him know that I wasn’t going to lay down and still try to be effective with my team no matter who I was matched up with. He’s a tough guard, a tough guy to defense and he has really good hands on the defensive end. He runs his team, so it was obviously a tough matchup, but like I said, I’m going to come out and be myself every game.”

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