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Postgame Notes And Quotes: Bouncing The Bobcats

  1. Written by: sarahhecht

    Monday, March 4, 2013      Portland 122, Charlotte 105


    “For the most part, we were pleased obviously to get the win. I was disappointed with our defense in the first half. We gave up way too many things – energy plays, hustle plays, rebounds. On the night, I don’t know if necessarily it was a good defensive night, but it was a good win. I thought we played well, particularly offensively.”

    On Leonard’s last few games:
    “He’s playing well. I think everybody can see he’s playing with confidence, playing with energy, kind of figuring things out and where to be. I like the progress he’s making.”

    Will Leonard get more minutes if playing well
    “He asked to be taken out at one time when he was a little tired. It’s hard to say. JJ had been pretty good. It’s hard to overlook what JJ is doing, so it’s nice to have both guys playing well, but I think a lot depends on the game and how it’s going and who’s on the floor. It’s hard to predict that.”

    Would you say team is playing best of the season?
    “I like the way we’re playing, but we had some really good wins against some really good teams and we were playing really well, so I wouldn’t want to say that. We’ve beaten two teams that have been struggling, so I don’t want to go overboard on that, but I’m pleased with how we’re playing.”

    On 68 first half points:
    “We shot the three well… We passed the ball well. We had good rhythm shots and we were active on the offensive glass. I thought it came from a lot of different areas.”

    On upcoming road trip:
    “Memphis is a physical team. They’re arguably one of the hotter teams in the west right now. They didn’t have Zach last time we played them. They’re a good defensive team. Execution is going to be important, matching their physicality is going to be important. San Antonio, with or without Parker, they’re a machine and they’re great at home. We’ve got our work cut out for us. New Orleans kicked our butt the last time, so I don’t think we can get too high about this. I’m glad we’ve won three out of four and that’s nice to have, but basically all we did was what we were supposed to do at home.”

    On the win:
    “It was a win we needed. I’ve been saying we needed to string some wins together if we’re going to make this push. We won a game we needed to win.”

    On bench players getting significant minutes:
    “It’s good for guys to be out there because it’s going to be tough on these couple road trips, if we can get guys in there being productive and being confident while they’re in the game, it can be really helpful for us.”

    On Leonard’s play last few games:
    “He’s had a good last few games. I’ve seen it in practice. He’s been playing a lot stronger in practice, dunking the ball, getting rebounds, rebounding shots. He’s getting a lot better and he’s been stronger in games.”

    On seven players in double figures:
    “It’s good for us to have that type of balance. All season, everybody’s been saying the starters are playing too many minutes have having to do too much and now we have guys coming and really being productive scoring, rebounding and playing defense. If we can keep this up, the push that we want to make will be a lot easier.”

    On upcoming road trip:
    “It’s big for us. We took care of home and now it’s gut check time. We’ve got to get on the road and try to win some tough ones. It’s really important for us.”

    On playing with Maynor:
    “We get along well. I was excited to have him come because I had watched him and I knew what he would bring to the team. It’s tough when you’ve got the ball in your hands all the time and defenses prepare for you and try to take you out – so having another point guard and me being off the ball sometimes, it makes it a lot easier.”


    - Series history … With tonight’s win, Portland has now won three games in a row against Charlotte, and five consecutive meetings at the Rose Garden … The Trail Blazers have swept the season series with the Bobcats for the third time in the last four seasons.

    - Lights out … The Trail Blazers’ 122 points are their most in any regulation game this season (116, Oct. 31 vs. L.A. Lakers) … Portland also set season highs in field goal percentage, shooting 59.8 percent (49-of-82) from the field (58.6%, Feb. 4 at Minnesota) and in made field goals, making 49 shots (48, Jan. 7 vs. Orlando [OT]).

    - Elite company … LaMarcus Aldridge finished with 23 points, 14 rebounds, five assists and three blocks … Aldridge is just the third NBA player this season to post those numbers in a game (T. Duncan, D. Cousins).

    - Moving on up … With 20 points tonight, Damian Lillard now ranks fifth on Portland’s all-time list for points in a season by a rookie (1,094).

    - Career best … Meyers Leonard scored a career-high 15 points, also tying a career best with six made field goals … Leonard has scored in double figures in three consecutive games.

    - From 1-5 … Wesley Matthews, who made four 3-pointers tonight, passed Martell Webster for seventh place on the Trail Blazers’ all-time 3-pointers made list (404).

    - Efficiency … JJ Hickson shot 7-of-9 from the field, scoring 15 points and grabbing eight rebounds … Hickson has now shot 50.0 percent or better from the floor in 22 straight games.

    - On fire … Portland set a new season high for points in a half, scoring 68 points in the first half … The 68 points are the Trail Blazers most in any half since scoring 71 points in the second half vs. San Antonio on Feb. 21, 2012.

    - Defending the perimeter … Charlotte was held to 1-of-10 shooting from 3-point range … In the last six games, Portland’s opponents are shooting 20.0 percent (16-of-80) from beyond the arc.

    - Bench spark … For the second consecutive game, two Trail Blazer reserves scored in double figures (Leonard, 15; Eric Maynor, 10) … Prior to the previous two contests, no game this season featured two Portland bench players scoring 10-or-more points.

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