Trail Blazers vs Warriors Saturday, 03/30/13 AT 07:30PM

Postgame Notes And Quotes: New Rookie Record In Oakland

  1. Written by: sarahhecht

    March 30, 2013       Warriors 125, Trail Blazers 98


    “Golden State is a talented offensive team. They can do a lot of different things. They can post, they can run and they can shoot threes. With that all being said, I was pretty disappointed in our defense in the first half particularly.  They were shooting (55.6%) in the first half on some simple actions. We have to make it more of a priority in these last nine games to play more of a solid game especially on defense.”
    On attempting to play a quick pace
    “No. They are a hard team to stop and especially with Stephen Curry making the shots that he makes all you can do is tip your hat to them. They are an explosive offensive team and we’re without LaMarcus (Aldridge) so it wasn’t a case of wanting to play that way. In the first quarter we had a very good offensive quarter and I didn’t know if we could sustain that.”

    On competition
    “For the most part. We made mistakes, but that doesn’t mean that we didn’t compete. I thought that we could have gotten back into transition a few times better. We could have gone after a few balls a little bit better. I’ll give Golden State credit, they are a playoff team and they are a good offensive team. I thought that we competed, but we made mistakes.”
    On Carl Landry and Jarrett Jack
    “They are both starters in this league. You bring guys like Jarrett and Carl off of the bench and they’ve both put up numbers as starters. They would start for a lot of teams in this league. There’s not a lot of drop-off and it’s even better for them because it kind of changes how they play. They’re able to play another ball handler, they’ve got a legit post-up threat. Carl scored 25 points on 10 shots, that’s pretty good. No matter whether you’re starting or coming off of the bench.”
    On tonight's loss
    “They’re a really good offensive team. They made a lot of tough shots tonight. There were a few possessions tonight where we didn’t play defense like we needed to. They got some easy buckets tonight. On another team’s home floor especially a good team like the Warriors, we’ve got to get a lot better.”

    On playing without LaMarcus Aldridge
    “It makes it tougher because a lot of time I’m in the pick and roll with LaMarcus [Aldridge]. He’s an All-Star and the best player on our team so other teams have to respect him being the guy I’m throwing the ball to when he’s either popping out or rolling to the hoop. When we don’t have him out there, I guess teams are valuing me with the ball more a little bit more and that makes it more difficult.”

    On increased playing time
    “It’s doing a lot for my confidence right now. It’s still a learning process for me and I’ve got a lot to learn. With the increased minutes, it makes me feel better about my progression as a player. I just want to continue to work hard and fight for this team.”

    On his performance
    “I felt pretty good out there tonight. My defense and my rebounding have got to get better. Offensively, I kind of got into a groove there late. I had a rough stretch during the third quarter where I struggled with my shot, but I’ve just got to keep my head up and continue to play with confidence.”


    - Oakland native Damian Lillard tied Stephen Curry’s single-season rookie-record of 166 threes with two triples tonight, finishing with 16 points and eight assists.

    - Meyers Leonard recorded the first double-double of his career with career-highs of 22 points and 10 rebounds while also hitting his first career three-pointer.

    - JJ Hickson tallied his 40th double-double of the year with 15 points and 10 rebounds.

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