Portland Trail Blazers All-Star forward LaMarcus Aldridge was interviewed by Ernie Johnson, Greg Anthony and Rick Fox on NBA TV following his team's 98-94 comeback victory on the road over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Tuesday night.
Here's video of his remarks. A partial transcript is below.
Has there been a more impressive Blazers win that that one?
Nah. That was big time. We've had two tough losses, guys could have just laid down tonight. Guys kept fighting. Early in the game, [Kevin Durant] had it going and we couldn't stop him. In the second half, [Nicolas Batum] did a way better job of just guarding him.
Kendrick Perkins guarding you
They always do that. They feel like he's going to beat me up or make me tired. That probably would have worked like six years ago. I'm much older, much stronger. Hey, I'll take it.
Interior defense in second half compared to recent losses
I wouldn't say it was beating us up. It wasn't like they had big guys dunking on us. It was more about ball control, pick-and-rolls, the guards weren't controlling the ball well and the bigs were caught in a bind of trying to help the guard and get back to their man. But tonight we definitely wanted to focus on not giving them shots at the rim all night. K.D. is definitely really talented.
Every game. It's tiring. We worked all training camp, guys worked out individually all summer for these moments. We feel like we've definitely gotten better from last year. Guys have more confidence, coach knows where he wants to go with the ball. We're just overall better this year.
Down only 12 at halftime after rough first half, but it could have been worse
That's exactly how we felt. We were coming off a really tough loss. Guys were tired, got in late. To be down 11 with K.D. making every shot he threw up, [Serge] Ibaka making all of his shots, we felt if we just stayed the course those guys would start missing shots and our offense would pick up for us.
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