January 23 News Today, the Blazers lost 112-121 to the Lakers at home.
After the game, Blazers guard Damian Lillard was interviewed.
Talking about the secret of the team opening up the score in the second quarter and the comparison in the second half, Lillard said: “I think in the first half we were defending into rounds, and our zone defense had some success. We didn’t keep getting off the net.
Pick up the baseline, we’re blocking shots, we’re intercepting passes, we’re getting rebounds, we’re pushing the tempo. They’re a team that likes to push the transition and pick up the tempo, and usually likes that style of play
Can’t return to defense.
“I think what we kept them dealing with in the first half was, in the second quarter we played together defensively, we protected the rebounds well, and then we ramped up the tempo against them, and they were kind of in the dark. We
Going to the rim, hitting threes, those were quality possessions because we didn’t give up too many points. Going back to the third quarter, they got off to a better start as soon as they came up and built some confidence. They stuck with it
, playing more and more aggressively.”
In this game, Lillard played 40 minutes and scored 24 points, 6 rebounds and 10 assists on 5 of 17 shots.