Portland Trail Blazers forward Jabari Walker left the court after just 1:30 of play in the second half of Portland’s 127-96 loss to the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday night. Following the game, reporters caught up with Walker in the locker room to ask him about his health and the team’s performance that night.
You can see the entire interview here or via the embed just below. Following are key excerpts from Walker’s responses.
How he’s feeling after leaving the game with a knee issue in the third quarter:
Is that a trick question?
I feel good. I’ll figure out a treatment. I just tweaked my knee on that play going up. There was a lot of pressure on the left side. It’s a little sore right now, but I’ll figure it out.
On the difficulties inherent in playing against Luka Doncic and the Mavericks:
The foul calls. It’s always tough playing against Luka. I’m kinda getting used to it. It’s like a ticky-tack game. A matter of touch fouls. It’s a bummer, because you feel like you can’t play. We like to get stops and then runs, so once that happens, particularly it messes with our team because of how we play. We couldn’t really get out in transition as much. I think the game really slowed down. That worked to their advantage. It was just like that all night. That was kind of the story for us.
Whether the team is in a funk right now after back-to-back limp losses to the Mavericks and the Phoenix Suns:
A couple of injuries, still. Aside from that I think we’ve just got to go back to the drawing board and figure it out. It’s not just one thing, It’s a collective effort. I believe it can be fixed though.
The Blazers will face the Mavericks again on Friday night with a 5:30 PM, Pacific start.