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Billups Takes Unorthodox Approach to Preseason Loss

Casey Holdahl of the Trail Blazers gives an inside look in to the new coach’s style.

Golden State Warriors v Portland Trail Blazers Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images

The Portland Trail Blazers’ 45 point loss to the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday was a game that disappointed everyone, from players, fans, and even head coach Chauncey Billups. Casey Holdahl published a piece on Billups’ reaction to the horrible loss, highlighting the nontraditional way that the post game locker room was handled.

Trail Blazers head coach Chauncey Billups didn’t say too much to his team in the immediate aftermath of their blowout loss, albeit in preseason, to the Suns Wednesday afternoon in Phoenix. There’s little room for ambiguity when you lose by 45 points, so he didn’t figure there was much reason stick his finger in a fresh wound. In fact, there’s cause not to.

“It’s funny, I’m a coach that, after games like this, I don’t speak in the locker room right after because it can be really emotional,” said Billups after Wednesday’s loss. “You could say some things sometimes you can’t take back. So watch the game again — whatever that was, watch that again. I’ll talk to the guys (Thursday) about what I seen, how I do feel like we took a step or two back.”

The blowout loss providing many examples in film of mistakes being made, but rather than putting together a highlight reel of sorts of things to work on, Billups made another not commonly seen decision.

After reviewing the game and having a night to sleep on it, Billups, rather than using specific clips to highlight a bevy of mistakes and lack of effort, played the first quarter unedited, one in which Portland put up just 11 points while also giving up a series of open shots, especially from three.

“We had a really good session today and honestly all we did was I talked a bunch about where we are, where we need to be and we watched the first quarter together,” said Billups. “I just kind of broke down the whole first quarter, offensively and defensively, because I’ve always thought that when you can actually watch the game together — as a coach, I can go at night, chop up the film and show all good plays or bad plays — but when you watch it in sequence, live, unsliced up, it’s a little different.”

Portland looks to turn around their string of poor showings in the preseason with their fourth and final preseason game Friday against the Golden State Warriors.