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Stotts on Blazers’ Loss to Jazz, ‘we have to get better’

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Following the Trail Blazers’ blowout loss to the Jazz, Terry Stotts and Damian Lillard spoke to the media about the improvements that must take place.

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The Trail Blazers’ season opener was a dud that featured horrific defense that placed Portland behind a double-digit deficit to the Jazz. Coach Terry Stotts, who is entering his ninth season at the front of the Blazers’ bench, explained to the media after the game that both players and staff will review the film from Wednesday’s loss.

NBC Sports Northwest’s Jamie Hudson highlighted Stotts’ subdued comments after the game.

“We’ll watch the film tomorrow and see where we can get better… I told the team we have to get better — it’s about us right now. In an NBA season, you worry about your opponent and you prepare for your opponent, but right now, we’ve got to get better.”

Damian Lillard, who was held scoreless in the first half, commented on how the Blazers’ defensive struggles impacted the action on the opposite end of the floor.

“You’ve got to play against a set defense and guys know they’re guarding their man, they’re in position to do whatever their defensive gameplan is, it makes it a lot harder to be successful offensively against that and they’ve been making shots so they’re going to defend with more energy, more confidence,” Lillard added.

The Blazers are set to return to action on Saturday against the Rockets.

You can read the full story from Hudson at NBC Sports Northwest.