The Trail Blazers secured a 3-1 lead over the Thunder with a 111-98 victory on Sunday. The heated contest between the two Northwest Division rivals has produced plenty of antics on the court, but Head Coach Terry Stotts stole the show when he called back to former Blazers forward Rasheed Wallace when describing the play in Game 4.
During the postgame press conference, Stotts used one of Sheed’s trademark phrases (via @BenGolliver).
After Game 4 win over Thunder, Blazers coach Terry Stotts channels franchise legend: "Both teams played hard. (Points to sky.) Rasheed." pic.twitter.com/SzLUB78cwH— Ben Golliver (@BenGolliver) April 22, 2019
After using the “both teams played hard” quote, Stotts pointed upward and mentioned Wallace. The former North Carolina standout memorably used the same phrase after the Blazers avoided elimination against the Mavericks in Game Game 4 of the 2003 NBA Playoffs.
The Blazers return to Portland with a 3-1 advantage to host the Thunder on Tuesday for Game 5.