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Postgame Notes And Quotes: Defense Counts In Memphis

  1. Written by: sarahhecht

    January 4, 2013      Trail Blazers 86, Grizzlies 84



    On the game:
    “Obviously, this is a great win on the road against one of the top teams in the West, even though they didn’t have Zach Randolph. Marreese Speights came in and did a good job for them. We kept our composure. We fought through adversity on the road.”

    On Zach Randolph’s absence:
    “I think everyone was professional enough to respect the players that came in. We’ve seen a lot where a player goes out and someone else comes in and they play well. That’s what happened tonight. We embraced that point. We didn’t change our game plan. They played pretty much the same way.”

    On Nicolas Batum and Wesley Matthews:
    “I thought particularly in the second half that Nick was very good on Rudy (Gay). We let them penetrate too much in the first half. They got into the paint far too often. Both those guys really took the challenge to guard him on every possession. They made it tough on him. He got just a couple of points in the second half. Those guys did a great job, but obviously it’s a team effort. The guys challenged themselves going to the basket and getting the tough shots. It’s a team effort. Though, those two guys did do a great job as well.”

    On the fourth quarter:
    “It’s really weird. Memphis is used to playing these types of games and we haven’t. To win a game in that style is a lot about our growth as a team. The stats don’t show it, but our bench did a nice job of holding down the fort. Sasha (Pavlovic) stayed ready in the fourth quarter. Ronnie Price was great. You have to win all kinds of ways in this league. When you win one on the road against a team that is used to playing like that it’s a good sign for us.”

    On the winning games in the fourth quarter:
    “We have to be resilient. We have players that have been through the fire. We have an All-Star in LaMarcus Aldridge and we have J.J. Hickson. We are full of resilient players. During the stretch when we won seven games in a row, we got the taste of winning. We stayed confident and we played within ourselves. We had to stay confident against this tough team. They are going to make the playoffs. We are confident in what we do. We are 4-0 in overtime. We are playing good basketball. Anytime you go .500 on the road, it’s a good thing. You can’t let up. We aren’t a content bunch of players. We wanted to win this last one.”

    On being back in Memphis:
    “It was real good. This is my second home. It felt real good to come back here and play on the court where I had so many memories. To see the fans who cheered for me for two straight years, it was unbelievable. It was a wonderful feeling.”

    On getting the win:
    “That is always the main goal. It felt great to come get a win.”


    - Portland has won eight of its 11 games after starting the season 9-12.
    - Memphis’ bench scored 21 points while Portland’s bench recorded just nine points… Entering the game, Portland led the league in percentage of points generated by starters.
    - Portland held Memphis to just 13 assists tonight, tying a Grizzlies’ season-low (Dec. 4, 2012 vs. Phoenix).
    - The Trail Blazers made 10 three-pointers on 27 attempts compared to the Grizzlies two makes on five attempts.
    - Memphis was held to 34 points in the second half after scoring 50 in the first… The Grizzlies’ 34 points after halftime set a season low for second-half points.
    - Wesley Matthews made five three-pointers and registered a team-high 21 points, his sixth game scoring 20-or-more this season.
    - J.J. Hickson recorded his 19th double-double of the season with 19 points and 11 rebounds.

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