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Postgame Notes And Quotes: Road Finale In LA

04/17/13
  1. Written by: sarahhecht

    April 16, 2013      Trail Blazers 77, Clippers 93

    HEAD COACH TERRY STOTTS

    Overall thoughts on tonight's game
    “Well, it was a tough night. I thought the guys who played for us played hard. Obviously we were overmatched with the Clippers. They're getting their guys healthy. They're getting ready for the playoffs. They're very deep. We came out, first quarter was good, but it was difficult to score against them then and come back. I thought our guys played hard, and we just didn't have enough.”

    DAMIAN LILLARD
    Progress as a rookie
    “I think I've done a lot better than people expected me to. Coming in I knew a lot of people had doubts about me because of the school I went to, the competition and all that type of stuff, so I had a chip on my shoulder coming in to prove them wrong. I also wanted to help this team do better than people thought we could because they said it was a rebuilding process and things like that. I thought I got both of those things done. I would have liked to continue to be in that playoff race and get that last spot, but we fell short of that. I think it's still been a successful season for us.”

    Clippers playoff chances
    “I think they can go really far. They've got post presence. They've got really athletic guys. Even coming off the bench, they're a really deep team. With a guy like Chris Paul leading them, they can go as far as they want to go in my eyes. I think they've got a real chance.”

    JOEL FREELAND
    Difference in tonight's game
    “They just got on a roll. They picked up their defense and their energy and as soon as that happens, it's tough to maintain yours. They were running. They were beating us on the fast breaks and things like that. It was tough, but we had to try and keep more composed than what we were, but we couldn't seem to do that."

    Clippers playoffs chances
    “They're going to do great. Defensively they're a great team. They're a young team; they're an athletic team. It's tough for a lot of teams to deal with that. I feel like they've got a great chance, definitely. They've proved themselves all year. They haven't really let off and they're still as strong as ever right now.”

    MEYERS LEONARD
    Clippers big men
    “They're solid big men. Obviously, Blake Griffin is an all-star. DeAndre Jordan's another really good big. They're both really athletic, both good at protecting the rim. Obviously, they get out in transition and make highlight plays and everything like that.”

    Clippers first round prospects
    “It becomes a little different when they run into a team like Memphis, where they've got Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol, that's two big bodies going at them. And Memphis really tries to slow it down, so we'll see. I'm sure the Clippers will try and play to their strengths and keep the speed up, but Memphis does a really good job of trying to slow the game down and keep it low possessions. I think they can defend well against them, but we've got to see how they play.”

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