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Stotts Credits Heat’s Defensive Intensity After Loss

Trail Blazers head coach Terry Stotts credited the Heat’s defensive approach to stopping Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum.

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The Portland Trail Blazers suffered their fourth loss in six games on Sunday to the Heat. Miami set the tone for entire contest with an aggressive defensive approach. The Blazers responded with 12 turnovers in the first half and Portland’s normally-potent backcourt was held to just 29 combined points.

After the game, The Oregonian’s Aaron Fentress highlighted coach Terry Stotts acknowledgment of the Heat’s approach.

“I give Miami credit for what they did defensively,” Stotts said. “I thought they were really aggressive on both Dame and CJ. Some of our passes that we usually make, they were up taking away passing angles.”

Despite Portland’s struggles on offense, Stotts also mentioned that the Blazers found a way to hang around as the turnovers piled up.

“The fact that we were in the game with 12 turnovers in the first half, I felt we were in a decent position,” Stotts said.

The Blazers will look to bounce back into the win column on Tuesday against the Celtics. You can read the full story from Fentress at Oregon Live.