Rookie point guard Scoot Henderson scored 22 points with 11 assists in 37 minutes as the Portland Trail Blazers defeated the San Antonio Spurs on Friday night. After the heartening victory, Henderson took questions from reporters in Portland’s locker room.
You can see the interview here. Key excerpts of Scoot’s reflections are just below.
On his fancy second-quarter assist to Matisse Thybulle:
I think it came up like a little ghost screen and I got past my man. And JG [Jerami Grant] always is telling me to attack the screen, attack the switch, so that pass can be open around. Knowing that my man, who was guarding me, was behind ‘Tisse, I just threw it, guessing that ‘Tisse was right there. And he was. He made the finesse layup.
On improvement in his shooting:
I’m just working. Just working. That’s all that is. The work is going to show. Can’t really say I’m getting more comfortable or it’s getting better. I’m just working every single day and trying to get better.
On playing defense:
First of all, I just love to be out there when everybody else is scrapping like that. It’s fun to play like that. It’s fun to get up and down, get stops. But like you said, Chauncey [Billups] and all the coaches, they’re always on that. They’re on that we’re a defensive team with great scorers on the team. As long as we know that in the back of our mind, we just go out there and do our thing.
Henderson also talked about his evolution as a passer, playing back-to-back games and having fun when he’s playing freely.
The Blazers will face the Phoenix Suns on Monday, January 1st at 6:00 PM, Pacific.