Trail Blazers vs Grizzlies Wednesday, 04/03/13 AT 07:00PM

Postgame Notes And Quotes: Rookie Mania

  1. Written by: sarahhecht

    Wednesday, April 3, 2013    Memphis 94, Portland 76



     “I was pleased with our offense in the first half and pleased with our defense in the second half. Memphis is a good team. They did a lot of good things against us. I want to take away some positives with the young guys playing. We protected the paint decently. They only had 38 in the paint which is a good sign for us. We kept battling. We didn’t shoot the ball well in the second half and we were 1 for 18 on threes, so obviously that affected whatever run that we were trying to make in the second half.”

    On trying to push the pace tonight:
    “We always try, but they slow it down with their offense and they do a great job of getting back. And they offensive rebound – that was the other thing we did well in the second half, is they only had 1 offensive rebound in the second half. At halftime, they had almost as many offensive rebounds as we had defensive. So I liked the way we shored up our rebounding in the second half.”

    On turnovers:
    “Disappointing. When you come out and have those three turnovers at the beginning of the second half, it’s pretty deflating. I didn’t think that we executed, that we set screens, that we came out with the right purpose at the beginning of the second half. And after that it got better, but you can’t take anything for granted with your passes against Memphis. Tony Allen is going to be there and Conley has got great hands and they anticipate well. I think we kind of took them for granted a little bit.”

    On young guys:
    “Nothing in particular, I just liked the way they played. I liked the way Meyers and Victor and Joel and Will, they all came out and played hard and tried to do the right things and execute and rebound and play hard. They were aggressive when they needed to be.”

    “You hate to lose and you hate to lose at home, but I thought we played hard. Memphis is a top seed in the West and you’ve got to give them credit. Obviously, they’re a better team than we are, but you want to take away opportunities to teach and to get better particularly with the young guys. More importantly, I want to make sure we continue to play the right way, to play hard, to get better, all the things that you need to do. Most of these guys are going to be here next year and we’ve got to work with them and this is an opportunity for them.”

    On approach for last few weeks of the season:
    “We just have to play for each other. You sit in the locker room and you look at guys, you look at the guy next to you. That’s what it’s all about. It’s playing for us and not giving in. Just finish out the season strong to have some momentum for next year.”
    “Just playing hard and playing for each other. We know the playoffs – it’s getting gloomier and gloomier. We’re playing for each other and we’re going to play hard for each other.”

    On playing against Gasol and Randolph:
    “Just playing hard. They’re a team that they definitely look to score in the paint. They definitely look for each other out there, so with that being said, I think me and Meyers did a great job at talking on pick and rolls and just protecting the paint and contesting shots.”

    On young guys playing big minutes:
    “It’s good to see guys that didn’t start or don’t get as much playing time play now. It shows what guys have been working on all year and it definitely gives guys an opportunity to show the coaching staff what they’re all about. It’s just an awesome thing to see.”


    - Series history … After tonight’s result, Memphis took the season series from Portland, 3-1 … It marks the first time the Grizzlies won the regular season series with the Trail Blazers since the 2005-06 season (2-1) … Portland’s 76 points scored are the team’s fewest points scored against the Grizzlies franchise at home all-time (80, 11/2/95).

    - Balanced scoring … With Wesley Matthews’ 12 points, Portland is the only NBA team this season with four 1000-point scorers (Aldridge, 1,451; Lillard, 1,425; Batum, 1,047; Matthews, 1,001).

    - Bench spark … Eric Maynor finished with 10 assists, his second game of recording double-digit assists from off the bench this season … Maynor is one of 11 players this season to record multiple games of 10-plus assists as a reserve.

    - Points in the paint … The Trail Blazers outscored Memphis in the paint, 44-38 … Entering tonight, the Grizzlies were fourth in the NBA in opponent points in the paint per game (38.4 ppg).

    - Hot streak … Meyers Leonard scored 10 points and grabbed seven rebounds … It marks the fifth consecutive game Leonard has scored in double figures, the longest such streak in his career.

    - Rookie central … Portland started three rookies (Claver, Leonard, Lillard) for the first time since Jan. 7, 2009 (Batum, Fernandez, Oden).

    - Season low … Memphis attempted 67 shots, the fewest field goals attempted by a Trail Blazers opponent this season (70, 11/10/12 vs. SAS).

    - At the charity stripe … Portland made six free throws, the fewest foul shots made by the team this season (7, 3 times) … The Trail Blazers attempted 10 free throws, tied for the fewest foul shot attempts for the team this year (10, 3/21/13 at CHI).

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