Trail Blazers vs Jazz Friday, 03/29/13 AT 07:00PM

Postgame Notes And Quotes: Tuned By The Jazz

  1. Written by: sarahhecht

    Friday, March 29, 2013       Utah 105, Portland 95


     “It was a better game than we played against Brooklyn. I wanted to come out with more aggressiveness, better focus. We did that. We played a good game until the turnovers caught up with us in the fourth quarter. They capitalized on them. Mo Williams had a great second half. We kind of shot ourselves in the foot with the turnovers. It was tough to get back into it after that.”

    Were late struggles more offensive problems or Utah’s defense?
    “Probably a little bit of both. We floated some passes – we floated two passes, tried to sneak one in. You’ve got to make better decisions in those situations. But they were aggressive, they had good hands, they anticipated the passes, so you’ve got to give them credit as well.”

    On importance of final stretch of games/tough loss:
    “What’s important for us from day one was to compete and get better. Our playoff odds are slim to none right now, but that doesn’t take away the goals from the beginning of the season to compete and get better. We competed tonight and gave good effort. Meyers and Victor were effective. Obviously, Damian, Wes and Nic played a solid game. JJ was solid. It’s a long game and you’ve got to take care of things.”

    On big Utah run late:
    “We made some mistakes defensively and we turned the ball over on five out of eight possessions or six out of eight, and they took advantage of it.”

    “I think the whole game we were in flow, everything was flowing. We weren’t going too many possessions without getting a quality shot. Down the stretch they got their hands on some balls. Sometimes we didn’t get shots up. They came down and they scored and they went on runs against us. The lead got chopped down real quick.”

    On losing to team in playoff chase:
    “That’s a team that with this win we could have gained ground on them going into the game on Monday. By getting a win and giving them a loss, we could have gave ourselves a better chance. Losing that type of game on our home floor hurts.”

    On losing 9 point lead in fourth:
    “Just careless plays, taking our nine point lead for granted. That definitely hurt us tonight.”
    “When you turn the ball over like we did consecutive times, it’s hard to win games like that, especially against Utah.”

    Does loss hurt more against Utah?
    “Every loss this season, it definitely hurts. We were at .500 for a minute, a couple games above .500, but we never really got over the hump. The good thing about this is you have a game tomorrow against Golden State. They’re definitely playing for something. It’s going to be a hostile environment but we’ve got to go get this one, have a day off and then we play Utah away. So hopefully we can get those two wins.”

     “This loss definitely stings… We’re still playing to win, we’re still playing to make the playoffs. I know our window is definitely smaller at this point, but as long as we’ve got a chance, we’re going to keep playing hard and we’re going to play with integrity.”


    - Series history … After tonight’s result, Utah now leads the season series with Portland 2-1 … The Trail Blazers have not lost the regular season series with Utah two seasons in a row since losing the season series 3-1 during the 2001-02 and 2002-03 seasons … The two teams will play again on Monday, April 1 in Salt Lake City.

    - Franchise record … With their fourth 3-pointer of the night, the Trail Blazers set a franchise record for most made 3-pointers in a season (599) … The previous team record for most 3-point field goals in a season was 596, set in 2008-09.

    - Leading the way … Damian Lillard finished with 24 points and seven assists … Lillard has recorded at least 20 points and seven assists in 20 games this season, tied for sixth most in the NBA.

    - Against the Jazz … Lillard is the only player in the Portland-Utah series this season to score 20-plus points in each meeting … In three games against the Jazz this year, Lillard is averaging 24.3 points, 2.7 rebounds and 6.7 assists per game.

    - Mr. double-double … JJ Hickson finished with 17 points and 14 rebounds, and recorded his 39th double-double of the season … His 39 double-doubles rank fifth in the NBA.

    - Attacking the paint … Lillard attempted 14 free throws, tying his career best (14, 12/3/12 at CHA).

    - First loss … Portland suffered its first loss of the season tonight when leading after the first quarter at home (13-1).

    - Beyond the arc … The Trail Blazers shot 6-of-13 (46.2%) from 3-point range tonight … In three games against Utah this season, Portland is shooting 45.1 percent (23-of-51) from beyond the arc, while Utah is shooting 30.2 percent (16-of-53) against the Trail Blazers this year.

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