The Portland Trail Blazers know that if they continue to mirror their Game 1 performance against the Golden State Warriors, it will spell an early exit. While the team just came off a grueling seven-game series against the Denver Nuggets, they’re not making excuses for their play, as Joe Freeman of The Oregonian writes:
“It takes a toll on you, playing seven games, having to come back, flying here, all that stuff,” Hood said. “But that’s the playoffs and you’ve got to be ready for it.”
Added Damian Lillard: “It’s tough. But once we lace our shoes up and put our uniforms on, it’s fair and square. You have to go out there and handle your business.”
Maurice Harkless is already looking ahead to how the Blazers will adjust their gameplan against Stephen Curry, who torched Portland from deep:
“There’s no way the best shooter in the game should get that. We’ve just got to make it a little tougher on them coming off those screens, not let them get clean looks. I’m sure coach will make an adjustment.”
Enes Kanter was sure to remind everyone that a loss in the first game of the series isn’t dooming:
“It’s just one game,” Enes Kanter said. “It’s a long series. We cannot put our heads down.”
You can read more from Freeman’s piece here.