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Video: Terry Stotts Discusses Trail Blazers’ First Half Struggles, Collins-Leonard Pairing

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In an interview after the Blazers’ loss to the Heat, Stotts talked about Portland’s slow start in the first half, and other deciding factors.

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Following Miami’s 120-111 victory over the Portland last night, Trail Blazers Head Coach Terry Stotts spoke to assembled media about the Heat’s late-game three-point shooting, the resurgent effort in the second half, and his decision to play Zach Collins down the stretch.

  • Stotts felt that the Heat played with more “bounce” in the first half. Along with Miami’s effort, he felt that Portland struggled to capitalize on good looks on the offensive end. The Heat held a 57-42 lead at halftime.
  • He thought the Blazers’ strong second half was a result of several factors. Lillard’s stellar scoring, “scrappy” team defense, and a spirited effort from Meyers Leonard and Collins were all mentioned by Stotts.
  • In a response to a question regarding Collins’ playing time in the fourth quarter, Stotts explained that he decided to “ride” the lineup that was working. He also briefly discussed that Maurice Harkless was unavailable after leaving the game before halftime.
  • Stotts complemented Hassan Whiteside’s defensive ability in the early portion of Saturday’s game. He credited the center’s “big presence” in the paint for giving the Blazers’ offense trouble.

Check out the the video here.