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Post-Game Quotes: Another OT Victory

  1. Written by: sarahhecht

    December 3, 2012   Trail Blazers 118, Bobcats 112

    On tonight's game
    “It was an exciting game.  It was a fun way to win it.  Down 15 or 17 with five minutes to go was not where we wanted to be, but we had a lot of guys make big plays.”

    On the team’s resiliency
    “I think we’ve shown that from day one.  Every game early in the season, we came back.  We’re in games.  We’ve had some bumps along the way, but for the most part, they are resilient.  They fight and compete.  From day one, compete was the number one word.”

    On Luke Babbitt’s play tonight
    “Obviously he made the threes and he spaces the floor, which opens ups things for Damian (Lillard) and LaMarcus (Aldridge).  (It also was) what he did defensively when we started blitzing the pick and rolls.  He was very active with his feet.  He got a rebound.  His presence on the court on both ends made a difference.”

    On tonight’s game
    “It was a good win.  We started out slow and fought back at the end.  We showed a lot of heart and determination and we ended up getting back in the game and winning it.”

    On the mindset of the team when trailing by 18 points
    “Just keep building and keep getting stops because the game is not over a lot of the time.  Just go on a run and keep playing defense and keep trying to chop it down and chop it down.  We did that and we ended up getting back in the game, and then once you’re in the game, anything can happen.”

    On the play of Luke Babbitt
    “Luke (Babbitt) was big.  He made a big three to send it to overtime and I thought he played solid on defense.  I thought he played with confidence and he was big for us.  They were doubling the block, so Coach wanted to put a shooter out there and he put Luke in.  You can’t leave Luke (open) out there.  He opened the floor up for us.”

    On the comeback in the fourth quarter
    “We went with a small line-up and started blitzing their pick-and-rolls.  I think that brought them out of rhythm offensively and we were able to clean up the boards.”

    On his three-point field goal to tie the game with 22.8 seconds left in the fourth quarter
    “That was the one Nic (Batum) hit me on.  He sucked

    the defense in and I was just wide open and that’s a shot I’m supposed to make.  That’s why I’m out there.”

    On the play of the bench
    “I think we’re just trying to be solid as a bench unit. We’re not trying to go out there and win the game for us, we’re just trying to be solid and fill spots that are needed.  The starters are playing great, so we’re just trying to fill in for them when coach calls our number.  Tonight we did our job.”

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