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Terry Stotts on CJ McCollum’s Crossover, Defending Against Giannis

Stotts joined the Jim Rome Show to dish on his player’s big night and how the team handled Antetokounmpo.

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The Trail Blazers soared to a 118-103 win over the Milwaukee Bucks Tuesday night, thanks to two huge factors: CJ McCollum’s scoring outburst and the lack of explosion from Giannis Antetokounmpo. Head coach Terry Stotts joined the Jim Rome Show today to talk about those two keys.

Of McCollum’s 40-point night and his violent crossover specifically, Stotts said:

I do know that he had a confidence about going at him (Donte DiVincenzo) one on one. He had a good game going, and then the fact that there was a rookie on him, I think he probably did take it personal. To me, he showed a confidence rather than a disdain.

Stotts also took the time to praise the defensive effort by Evan Turner and Al-Farouq Aminu that made Antetokounmpo’s night more subdued:

I thought both of them made an outstanding effort throughout the game to make it difficult for him. … He had to work for the baskets that he did get, and that’s all you can ask for against a great player.

You can watch the segment here: