Trail Blazers vs Raptors Wednesday, 01/02/13 AT 04:00PM

Postgame Notes And Quotes: Trouble In Toronto

  1. Written by: sarahhecht

    January 1st 2013   Trail Blazers 79, Raptors 102



    Thoughts on the game…
    "We didn’t play well.  We didn’t play well from the opening tip.  We were on our heels the whole night.  Toronto had a few days off and they’ve been playing very well, they’ve been playing with a lot of energy, I give them a lot of credit.  Dwane has done a great job of turning things around and it’s no fluke how well they’ve been playing."

    Was it a lack of energy?
    "We just didn’t play well.  We were a little loose with the ball in the first half, late on some rotations, didn’t contest shots.  Terrence Ross got it going, DeRozan had it going early and they played very well."

    On your defence tonight….
    "Not where we need it to be and not where it’s been.  Our defence over the past six weeks has been pretty good and tonight it wasn’t where it needed to be.  We were late on some of our rotations with pick-and-rolls, they got points off of our turnovers.  They shot the ball well.  I thought some of their shots were contested.  This is one of the few games where points-in-the-paint was basically the same.  They shot the ball very well from the perimeter."

    Thoughts on the game…
    "It was a bad game from us. We played a very bad game. We didn’t get back, we didn’t rotate on defence, and we didn’t do the job. We let them have a great start then had a good run and got it back to four points but they made some big shots, some big plays and they got the lead and never gave it back. We have to learn from it and we have another one in two days."

    Thoughts on DeMar DeRozan’s game tonight…
    "He had a good game as he made his first couple of shots, three or four shots in a row, easy shots in the paint and then he got confidence. He got going and after that to stop a guy like that is not easy."

    What was your impression of this Raptors team tonight?
    "This is a different team. This is not the same team that I saw two weeks ago. It’s crazy when I watched the video this morning and then watched the game tonight, this is a new team. This is not the same team. They played good. Give credit to their coaching staff and them, they did a good job."

    You got off to a slow start tonight and couldn’t climb out of that hole, was the back-to-back a factor?
    "There is no excuse for us. They just played better than us. They played harder than us. We put ourselves in a hole to start the game and we weren’t able to get out of it. "

    Was this one of your sloppiest games?
    "It was, I think that is the most amount of turnovers I have had this season. Some of it was times when I probably just should have shot it, jumped in the air and should have shot it and ended up making the late pass. Just one of those nights."

    What did you see different in the Raptors tonight that you didn’t see earlier this month?
    "Here they were a lot more aggressive. Guys were in attack mode from start to finish and they played with a lot of confidence. They have been on a streak and you can tell that they are starting to believe. Guys are making shots, they are playing fast and they are playing a lot more confident than they did the last time we played them."

    - Damian Lillard led Portland in scoring for the eighth time with 18 points ... Lillard added five rebounds and a team-high seven assists in 37 minutes ... Lillard reach double figures in scoring for the 10th straight game (Dec. 13-Jan. 2).
    - LaMarcus Aldridge recorded his 12th double-double of the season with 14 points and a game-high 10 rebounds in 35 minutes.  

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