Trail Blazers vs Sixers Monday, 03/18/13 AT 04:00PM

Postgame Notes And Quotes: Heartbreaker in Philly

03/18/13
  1. Written by: sarahhecht

    Monday, March 18, 2013      Sixers 101, Trail Blazers 100

    HEAD COACH TERRY STOTTS

    What got you guys back in it toward the end?
    I thought our energy picked up. Defensively, we started getting stops and played with a little more focus and intensity defensively. They got off to a quick start, and from there on out, I thought our defense put us in position to where we got stops, and we were able to make some shots. Obviously, it helps to make some shots, but there’s no question our defense was better.
     
    You were making some runs at them. Were you thinking you could pull this one out?
    Yeah, Jrue Holiday made two tough shots in front of our bench that we thought were well defended. They made some tough plays. I thought we made some good plays on the offensive end, but we had some good defensive possessions there. [Thad] Young makes a shot, [Spencer] Hawes makes a shot, and [Jrue] Holiday hits two jumpers, and I thought they were all pretty well defended, but my hat’s off to them tonight.

    LAMARCUS ALDRIDGE
    You showed a good fight as a team at least to stay in the game and make a comeback. It looked like a couple of times there was an opportunity for you to fold?
    We always keep fighting, and we always put ourselves in position to win, and tonight we did it again, but I just didn’t make the shot tonight.
     
    Did you want the ball at the end of the game?
    Of course, that’s not a question. I took my time, backed him in and read how he was guarding me and faded to the baseline, because he was playing me so hard to the middle, and I thought it was going in, but it didn’t.
     
    Did it surprise you at all that they didn’t send a doubleteam to you?
    I was surprised at how deep I got to the basket, that surprised me. But I don’t think they wanted to leave our shooters so it worked out well for us. I backed him in, but just missed it.

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