Trail Blazers vs Knicks Thursday, 03/14/13 AT 07:30PM

Postgame Notes And Quotes: Sweeping The Knicks

  1. Written by: sarahhecht

    Thursday, March 14, 2013    Final Score: Portland 105, New York 90  


     “We had a good game. The start was very disappointing. Defensively, we weren’t very alert and we weren’t very aggressive. They got a lot of confidence. That was disappointing how we started the game, but the way we finished the first half and the second quarter with some defense and creating some opportunities – we were able to ride that going into the second half. Granted, New York is undermanned but they have a lot of good players and they kept fighting. They’ve got experience and I think that experience kept them in the game.”

    On Aldridge playing 44 minutes after experiencing migraines
    “I know, I couldn’t take him out in the second half – he was that good for us. When they space the court, he had some matchups.  They gave us trouble with their small matchups in the first half and I just didn’t feel like I could take him out the second half. He was good defensively, he was good rebounding the ball, he created a problem for them at the offensive end. He just did a little bit of everything.”

    On message to team when New York cut lead to 7 in fourth quarter:
    “The main thing I said was we can’t slow down. You saw last night when Denver played, they’re on a road trip and I just didn’t want us slowing down. When they made their runs, we couldn’t slow down. Make or miss, push the tempo and get them on their heels a little bit. That keeps our energy in the game.”

    On trouble with pick and roll defense in first half:
    “They had a spacing lineup. They had four shooters out there with Camby and that creates a problem. You go back to the days of the Phoenix Suns and Nash and Stoudemire, it creates a problem. Sometimes we committed too much to the ball, and that gave the roll guy. You’re afraid to leave Steve Novak on the weak side. There was probably about four or five possessions that we didn’t handle very well. That’s part of one of the benefits of playing a shooting lineup.”

    On 13-0 run to end first
    “Basically I went back with our big lineup. Matching up with them small didn’t work, so I put JJ and LA back in the game and that kind of stemmed the tide a little bit.”

    On atmosphere in the arena tonight:”
    “I wasn’t here last year and obviously there’s some strong feelings about Raymond Felton here. One of the things I’ve really enjoyed about being in Portland is how passionate the fans are. They’re into the game and I loved it. I mean, I’m not necessarily for players getting booed but for whatever reason, when the fans are into the game, I love it when the fans are into the game.”

    On trouble with pick and roll in first half
     “They were coming off, attacking and they were finding their shot makers. Guys were making plays and we had a hard time with it to begin with. We made an adjustment and we were able to defend it a little better.”

    On 13-0 run to end first half:
    “What we were talking about and wanted to do, we were able to finally do it and we saw that it really worked in our favor. I think that was how we were able to keep the lead.”

    “He can score in bunches. We’ve seen him do it a lot throughout his career. That’s what he does. He scored the ball in every way and that’s what he did to keep his team in the game.”

    On playing undermanned Knicks team:
    “Without Amar’e and Tyson and Melo – not to say we’re supposed to beat them because they’re still a good team and they were in the game – but if you can catch a team like that on your home court, you should want to win that game. We were able to get it done.”

    On pushing out lead:
    “They kind of slowed our pace down a little bit. We weren’t getting as many stops and then we got a few stops and were able to get out in transition and push the ball at them and get some easy buckets. I think stops and playing with a faster pace, that’s what gave us a chance to open up a lead.”

    On atmosphere in Rose Garden:
    “They were loud tonight. It was a TV game. They’ve been loud every night, but tonight – there’s been those games where I could tell they’re fired up about it like Boston, Miami, and Oklahoma City. That’s what it reminded me of. It was like that tonight. I think they brought energy to our team.”


    - Series history … With tonight’s win, Portland has swept the season series (2-0) with New York for the 11th time, and for the first time since the 2008-09 season (2-0) … The Trail Blazers have won 10 of the last 12 games against New York in Portland.

    - Stellar night … Damian Lillard finished with 26 points and 10 assists, his eighth double-double of the season … Lillard has scored at least 20 points in eight straight games, the longest streak by a Trail Blazers rookie since Calvin Natt in 1980 (9) … Lillard ranks 10th in the NBA this season with 34 games of at least 20 points … Lillard recorded his fourth 20-point, 10-assist game of the season, while no other NBA rookie has even one such game this year.

    - Good company … Lillard is the fastest NBA player (64 career games) to reach 1,200 points and 400 assists since Allen Iverson in 1996-97 … Lillard is one of four players in the NBA this season with at least those numbers (L. James, R. Westbrook, S. Curry).

    - In the clutch … Lillard scored eight points in the fourth quarter … Lillard ranks 10th in the NBA this season in points scored in the fourth quarter (310).

    - Post All-Star break … In 11 games since the All-Star break, Lillard is averaging 23.3 points per game, which is tied for ninth in the NBA.

    - Double-double machines … LaMarcus Aldridge and JJ Hickson both recorded double-doubles … Aldridge finished with 22 points and 10 rebounds, while Hickson notched 12 points and 16 rebounds … The two players have combined for 66 double-doubles, the most by any teammates in the NBA this season (Hickson, 36; Aldridge, 30) … Hickson’s 36 double-doubles this year are tied for the 15th most in a season by a player in Trail Blazers history.

    - Doing it all … Aldridge also tallied five blocks, tying a season high … Aldridge posted 20 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks for the third time in his career and for the first time since Dec. 17, 2010.

    - 3-point shooting … The Trail Blazers have tied or made more 3-point shots than their opponents in 11 consecutive games.

    - Perfect … Portland shot 51.3 percent from the field (40-of-78) … The team is now 7-0 at home when shooting 50.0 percent or better from the field.

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