the Portland Trail Blazers suffer Second loss in a row to me Oklahoma City Thunder On Wednesday, she is down at 17-15 in the season. Coach Chauncey Billups was disappointed with the result, but said a bad rebound here and there can make a difference, and the Trail Blazers have been on both sides of that situation.
It was a tough ride, it was a tough fourth quarter. It really hurt — hurt our rotation — a little when Ant (Anfernee Simons) made the fifth mistake. You know, you have to, of course, sit with him and you have to bring Mrs. (Damien Lillard) back a little earlier, you know, for that. I thought we looked a bit tired at the end, the last two or three minutes of the game, but we had the game there, you know. We had it right there. I thought our execution wasn’t too bad. You know, we’ve turned the ball around a lot again. You know, the turnovers come back and hit us, but, you know, you got a lead with two minutes into the game, two and a half minutes, you have to feel good about that.
What do you think of the shot the lady got in the fourth quarter – the last shot he got?
It was a tough shot. It was a tough shot. I thought he lost his balance on it and just had to step up on something. It’s too late, you know. He was committed to it at that point. So, it wasn’t a shot that I’m sure he loved, he loved it, but I just felt like he lost his footing on it.
There seem to be a lot of similarities between this game and the last (indistinguishable) game…
No, I don’t agree with that. I think the last game our defense was not very physical. I thought we were very physical on the defensive end tonight. They didn’t reach for the basket as much, you know, at least they didn’t feel like it. We played very physically. We showed some resistance in the game. So, I think this game and the previous one were very different, from my point of view.
free throws. SGA (Shai Gilgeous-Alexander) has hit more free throws than the Blazers have made as a team –
in the first half.
In the first half, I think in total.
Yes, in the first half he had more free throws than we had in the whole game. This really does not happen with us. Nine free throws for the entire game. We’re attacking all night, you know, we’re attacking all night, but I think we’re not fouled tonight.
Just in general, you have one more game left on this trip, in Denver, obviously a very good team. What do you need to do to try to enter and get this win?
We just have to stay focused and committed to what we’re doing. We played them two weeks ago in a very tough game, a heartbreaking loss. Obviously, we still haven’t forgotten that. We get a chance for them again, you know. Get on guys, get some rest and be ready to go on Friday.
Since you mentioned kind of how it ended, it seems like this happened recently. You have the games, of course, versus the Thunder game, the Clipper game too. Is it just a situation where you win some of these cronies and sometimes you don’t, or is the execution done?
We’ve been on both sides of it. Done on both sides of it. Sometimes the ball bounces your way, sometimes it doesn’t, you know. We had one of the best shooters in the history of the wide open game, and one of them, Damian Lillard in his place, just missed the shot. his money all day. He makes that shot every day. So, this is just happening. It just happens. Bad bounce here or there. It was a play that went out and the ball bounced like a hard bounce through Nork (Jusuf Nurkic) and Josh (Josh Hart), they got the ball. You know, they’re just bad rebounds. It just so happens, but we’ve been on the other side of that as well, getting a bounce going our way, and ending up winning a close game. So, it’s just the ebb and flow of the NBA season, man.
Next up: The Trail Blazers conclude their road trip against Denver Nuggets Friday.