The Trail Blazers and Nuggets produced one of the most memorable games in recent NBA Playoffs history with a four-overtime thriller on Friday. Portland’s cast of contributors did just enough to outlast Denver in the Moda Center, giving coach Terry Stotts’ squad a 2-1 advantage in the Western Conference Semifinals matchup between two Northwest Division rivals. After the game, the Blazers’ took to the podium to discuss the action that just unfolded.
Stotts kept the mood light by admitting that everything was a little fuzzy after the lengthy finish. He also admitted that Rodney Hood’s late-game usage wasn’t tied to a schematic shift. Instead, Hood entered the game to give a cramping Moe Harkless some relief.
Lillard, who endured stretches of cold shooting, paid respect to CJ McCollum’s arsenal of offensive gifts. Along with praising McCollum, Lillard highlighted the determination displayed by Portland’s supporting cast.
McCollum, who recorded a game-high 41 points, pointed out that it is his job to be aggressive on offense. Near the end of his media availability, McCollum discussed finding Hood late in the fourth overtime for a crucial three-pointer.
Hood explained how he remained focus after sitting on the bench for an extended run. According to Hood, fresh legs and a favorable matchup paved the way for his heroic finish.
The Blazers and Nuggets return to action on Sunday to compete in a pivotal Game 4 in front of the Moda Center crowd.