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Postgame Quotes: Battle With LeBron

  1. Written by: sarahhecht

    February 12, 2013    Trail Blazers 104, Heat 117


    On the game:
    “I thought it was a good effort by our team (Portland Trailblazers). The Miami HEAT are one of the best, if not the best team in the league right now. They are playing at a high level. We matched it for about 44 minutes. I like the way we came back after the way we played against the Orlando Magic. I think it showed some of our resolve and some of our resiliency. It is disappointing to come up with a loss but we lost to a great team.”

    “It just seemed like circumstances didn’t bounce our (Portland Trail Blazers) way. Give the Miami HEAT credit because they were able to come away with those plays. They deserve the win.”

    On the Portland Trail Blazers:
    “I like their toughness (Jared Jeffries, Ronnie Price, Sasha Pavlovic) have been in big games like this. It was a tough game and we (Portland Trail Blazers) needed some of that. I felt that they were up to it.”

    On LeBron James:
    “It was a LeBron James game. He did things when they needed to and he has been doing that for a while now. It is something that people down here are getting used to seeing.”

    On Damian Lillard:
    “He (Damian Lillard) bounced back. He took big shots and carried us for a little while. Just like everyone has seen LeBron James do that we (Portland Trail Blazers) are getting used to the things that Damian Lillard can do.”

    “He (Damian Lillard) keeps improving and I think it is in more ways than just looking at a box score. He keeps doing what he is doing even while he is a focal point of the other team’s defense. That is not easy to do. For a rookie to play at a consistently high level when people are pressuring you more and still be an effective player, that is a credit to his improvement.”

    On the game:
    “We were in position to win down the stretch.  Some things just didn’t go our way.  They made some good defensive plays, and they made shots to win the game.  We didn’t.  That was typical Miami HEAT stuff; transition, finishing strong around the rim and LeBron (James) picking defenses apart.  We covered our responsibilities, but he (LeBron James) just found guys.  I thought one of the biggest differences was the 50/50 balls.  They got a few to go their way.  They made us pay on all of them.”

    On his approach to the game:
    “I just wanted to come out and be aggressive.  I got a lot of shots up yesterday in practice.  I wanted to try to force my rhythm so when I came down to it, I would be in rhythm and making shots.  That’s all I really wanted to do.  After the game in Orlando, I couldn’t wait to play again.  I needed to be aggressive.  If I came out passive, it would have been likely that I would have had another night like I did in Orlando.  My confidence is still high.”  

    On the team’s consistency:
    “For any team in the league, it’s easy to get up for the Miami HEAT.  It’s the teams that are like us, the middle of the pack teams that are trying to scratch and claw their way to the playoffs, which we have to be able to play with that same edge and consistency.  I think we’re capable of it.  We just need to find it in ourselves.”  

    On the game:
    “One of the positives to take way is that we can play with anyone in the league.  We got take care of the ball down the stretch.”

    On LeBron James:
    “He’s always been good to me.  I think he’s one of the only wing players in the game that can dominate a game offensively and defensively.”

    On Damian Lillard:
    “I wasn’t worried.  He doesn’t lose any confidence.  I knew he would come back strong tonight.”

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