After the Portland Trail Blazers lost in a 139-103 rout to the Dallas Mavericks on Friday night, Head Coach Chauncey Billups took the podium to try and explain a crash that has seen Portland lose two straight in dismal fashion. You can see the video here or in the embed below. Following are complete quotes from the session as Billups tried to reckon with a nosediving team.
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On the rough blowout:
[It’s] just disappointing all the way around. I’ve never, well I can’t say never, but rarely this year have I sat up here and been disappointed in our effort. Our effort was poor. It was lousy all game. Our starters got us off to a bad start with that. It was just tough. It was just tough. Really just disappointed, to be honest with you, with our effort.
Why such things happen:
I don’t know why that happened. It’s kind of strange, kind of weird, to be honest with you... We had a pretty spirited, good practice yesterday. We’ve had many, many games where we just don’t make shots or we turn it over or we this or we that, but it’s not really a real effort thing.
I knew that they would play so much faster today without Luka. Because when he doesn’t play, they play fast. They just run and gun and play fast. But we talked about it. We prepared for it. It was like it kind of threw us off a little bit.
No matter how most teams play, it never kills our fight and our spirit. That’s the disappointing part. Not that we lost or got blown out. Of course that sucks, but just the lack of resistance is always going to be my issue.
On talking to his team:
I’m telling you, it’s crazy. We talk about it, of course. Of course if there’s anything I talk to y’all about, I talk to my team about it, times ten. We talked about it. I thought we were prepared for it. Obviously we weren’t. I’ve got to be better about preparing us for those type of situations. We all just have to be better. I have to be better. They have to be better. We’ve just all got to be better.
On whether his team has hit a wall, especially with their litany of injuries:
I think the lack of continuity has been hurtful to us. We lose so many players at times. But then when we get guys back, it throws rhythms off. I just don’t know. I can’t put my finger on it. We leave Phoenix and, obviously we lost that game, but man, we fought so hard. That game we literally couldn’t make shots, but man, we fought hard as heck. These last two, the effort has been a little disappointing. I can’t really put my finger on it, but we’ll figure it out.
The Blazers face the Brooklyn Nets in an early game on Sunday, with a 12:00 Noon start time.