Trail Blazers vs Hawks Friday, 03/22/13 AT 04:30PM

Postgame Notes And Quotes: Hot In ATL

  1. Written by: sarahhecht

    Friday, March 22, 2013     Trail Blazers 104, Hawks 93


    On tonight’s game
    “This was a great win against a playoff team. I was very pleased with our defense, particularly in the second half. With back-to-back wins like this on the road against Chicago and Atlanta, I’m very proud of my team. This team always bounces back from tough performances all year, so this team never quits playing. Defensively we were very active tonight with our pick-and-roll coverages, very similar to last night against Chicago. When (the Hawks) missed we rebounded the ball well. We also guarded the three well tonight. The fact that we didn’t make turnovers and rebounded well prevented them from being able to get out and run.”
    On Wesley Matthews’ performance
    “Wesley is really shooting the ball well. He made some tough shots. He makes them look easy but they are tough shots. He made some shots that got us back into the game, and he played great defense too. He’s in a nice groove right now.”
    On his game and team’s game tonight
    “I’m just trying to continue to do the same things that I’ve been doing. Things went well for me tonight. We’ve lost a lot of games that we shouldn’t have, and we’ve won some games that we probably shouldn’t have. But we’re going to keep on fighting (to make the playoffs) until we’re mathematically eliminated.”
    On issues prior to game with team bus running late, etc.
    “We didn’t even have a shoot around, and I didn’t warm up at all. I didn’t even eat until 15 minutes before the game. Everything seemed to be stacked against us.”


    - Portland won its second consecutive game and snapped a four-game losing streak at Philips Arena to split the season series 1-1 with Atlanta.
    - LaMarcus Aldridge recorded his 34th double-double of the season, tallying 20 points (8-20 FGs, 4-6 FTs) and 13 rebounds in 39 minutes.
    - With 28 points (10-17 FGs, 5-8 3FGs, 3-3 FTs), Wesley Matthews led the Trail Blazers in scoring for the 10th time this season.
    - JJ Hickson posted his team-leading 38th double-double of the season, finishing with 15 points (6-10 FGs, 3-5 FTs), 10 rebounds and one steal in 28 minutes.

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