The Portland Trail Blazers got off to a fast start against the Golden State Warriors Saturday night in San Francisco, leading 30-23 after the first quarter. That fast start didn’t last though. Golden State outscored Portland 34-16 in the second quarter to gain control of the game in route to a 126-106 win.
During postgame media availability, Trail Blazers coach Chauncey Billups discussed how the game flipped after a solid opening 12 minutes.
I thought we did a really good job of locking into what we were trying to do defensively, which it did, it got us off to a good start, and we just couldn’t sustain. They just kept wearing on you, kept wearing on you, kept getting rebounds, kept getting put-backs, and it was just tough.
Billups noted the rebound disparity as the key difference in the game, which went 49-30 in favor of the Warriors. Golden State also beat Portland on the offensive glass 13-8, leading to a 22-14 advantage in second-chance points.
They just kicked our butts so bad on the rebounds. You play a pretty good possession of defense and then don’t come up with the [ball]; it’s a deflating play. All rebounds, offensive rebounds, they took it to us. ... That’s tough to absorb that.
Following the loss, the Trail Blazers get a short holiday break. Portland’s next game is on Tuesday at home against the Sacramento Kings. Tipoff is scheduled for a little after 7 p.m.