The Portland Trail Blazers believe they can turn this season around, and team leader Damian Lillard remains adamant that they can improve, reports Jamie Hudson of NBC Sports Northwest. Lillard acknowledges that the team has struggled so far this year, but he points out that it is still early.
We’re not trending in the way we want to be as far as winning games, and taking advantage of opportunities against teams that have the same record as us, or teams we should come in and beat, but it’s a marathon. We’ve also been 10 games under .500 before. That doesn’t mean we’re going to be successful with that again, but we’ve done it before. We’ve gone on double-digit win streaks multiple times, and I think because of those things we’re not afraid of being down.
Lillard recognizes that no one wants to hear excuses on top of a four-game losing streak, but the NBA season is long, and the team is only 17 games into it.
“Y’all probably don’t want to hear it,” Lillard lamented, “But, it’s such a long way to go and I think because of that it’s two things you can do – you can either pout and say we should’ve won that game or we should’ve did this or we’re not doing this.”
Lillard states that the team knows what they need to do to improve. Rip City will be waiting to see it.
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