Trail Blazers vs Nets Wednesday, 03/27/13 AT 07:30PM

Postgame Notes And Quotes: Bruised By Brooklyn

  1. Written by: sarahhecht

    Wednesday, March 27, 2013     Brooklyn 111, Portland 93



     “That was obviously very discouraging the way we came out and played at the beginning of the game. Reggie Evans set the tone early on with his three offensive rebounds. They had 11 points in two and a half minutes or so. For whatever reason, we just weren’t there. They pretty much did whatever they wanted in the first quarter and that set the tone for the rest of the game. I don’t really have an explanation for it. They pretty much won every position and they were very effective. Other than watching the reserves play for the fourth quarter, it was a long night.”

    On Evans’s effectiveness:
    “He rebounds – it’s not a surprise he got rebounds. Now, 26, that’s another story. For him to get three offensive rebounds in the first two minutes of the game when everybody knows that that’s what he does and that has to be a focus – I mean, that’s what he does and we didn’t do much to take that away.”

    Did you think about putting starters back in after bench cut it to 14 with 5-6 minutes left?
    “Nope. That group deserved to see what they could do.”

    On focus and toughness:
    “My biggest concern with this team for most of this season, and I think it speaks to consistency, is our focus. For whatever reason, the game after a road trip hasn’t been one of our better efforts. If you go back and look at the games after road trips, they’ve been a struggle. Tonight was a struggle. I don’t know whether to put it on the road trip or not but it goes back to our mental preparation more than anything else.”

    On Brook Lopez:
    “He showed why he’s an All Star. He’s extremely effective, he takes his time on the block, he’s a very big man, he gets to where he wants to be on the court. We didn’t do a very good job of holding him up in the first half. I thought we did a better job in the second half of taking that challenge, but I didn’t think we offered much resistance in the first half.”

    On Evans:
    “He’s active. He doesn’t stop. Basically, that’s it. He has a nose for the ball. We knew that going into the game, but he just outworked us tonight.”

    On 22 points and 26 rebounds for Evans:
    “That’s great, it’s self-explanatory. He definitely got the best of us tonight and we’ve got to be ready to bounce back for the next game.”
    “The whole league knows what he does. He did what he’s capable of doing. It was at such a high rate and it was so early and often that we really didn’t respond as a team. It wasn’t just him. Their whole team got in there and got offensive rebounds the whole night. That was the story – offensive rebounds and they had [74] points in the paint. It’s hard to beat a team when you give up so many points in the paint and so many offensive rebounds.”

    Is it discouraging to give up so many rebounds to one guy?
    “It’s not so much discouraging for a guy to get defensive rebounds, but when a guy starts to get offensive boards repeatedly over and over again, it’s definitely discouraging. It definitely kills us pushing the ball up the court.”

    “They definitely punched us in the mouth first and we didn’t respond for the whole game.”

    On tough individual matchups:
    “Yeah but that’s not what beat us tonight. We didn’t play with any focus. They played harder than us, basically. They’re a one-on-one team and we knew that going into the game. We know what every one of their players do. We just weren’t ready for it tonight. Like I said, we definitely got punched in the mouth first and we didn’t respond throughout the whole game.”


    - Series history … With a loss tonight, Portland lost to Brooklyn at home for the first time since Nov. 21, 2007, snapping a four-game home winning streak against the Nets … Brooklyn’s 111 points scored tonight are the most the Nets have scored against the Trail Blazers since March 8, 2000 (115) … The 18-point margin marked the biggest road win for the Nets in series history.

    - Elite company … Against Brooklyn, Damian Lillard became the 10th NBA rookie with 1,350 points and 450 assists in a season (S. Curry, D. Rose, L. James, S. Francis, A. Iverson, M. Jordan, M. Johnson, A. Adams, O. Robertson).

    - 20-point night … LaMarcus Aldridge finished with 24 points on 11-of-14 shooting … Aldridge has scored 20-or-more points 40 times this season, ninth-most such games in the NBA.

    - Sweet shooting … Lillard scored 15 points, shooting 3-of-5 from 3-point range … Lillard has made 3-or-more 3-point field goals in 32 games this season, fourth-most in the NBA.

    - Attacking the glass … Meyers Leonard recorded nine rebounds, tying his career high (twice before) … Leonard scored 11 points to go along with his nine rebounds.

    - From downtown … Portland has made at least as many 3-pointers as its opponent in 18 straight games, continuing the longest such streak in the NBA this season.

    - Balanced … Twelve Trail Blazers saw the floor, with each player recording a made field goal.

    - Career night … Reggie Evans tied his career high with 22 points and set a new career best with 26 rebounds … Evans is the only player this season with a game of at least those numbers … His 26 rebounds are the most rebounds for either Brooklyn or Portland in series history … Evans recorded 12 offensive rebounds, tied for the most offensive rebounds recorded by a player in a game this year.

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