Damian Lillard and the Trailblazers slumped to a close defeat at the hands of the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday night. It was one of those games where any side could have emerged as the victors. However, a miscalculation from the Portland outfit in the last play of the game resulted in the Nuggets walking away with the victory.
It was a disappointing night for them as a win here would have strengthened their resolve and boosted their confidence. As the league starts heating up, each game has a certain playoff flavor to it. Even in this match, the atmosphere was really tense and it was evident that the players were giving their all.
In the post-game press conference, Damian Lillard talked about the mood of the team in the locker room after the loss. The 30-year-old also spoke about the positive takeaways his side can get from the match. He said, “It’s hard. We had a game against Boston, we had a game against the Clippers and then we had tonight. This game came down to the final possession. We competed, I thought we defended pretty well.”
He continued, “I don’t think it was a bad defensive game at all. It was just that we did not make enough shots down the stretch. I know that we needed to, I know I had some looks that felt good coming out of my hand but they didn’t go in. They got the whistle down the stretch and made their shots. However, we made a big defensive play and had the last shot which we unfortunately missed.”
For the Blazers, Dame was the top scorer in this game. He finished with 22 points along with five assists and four rebounds. For the Nuggets, Nikola Jokic continued his MVP caliber form and delivered yet another match-winning performance. He finished with 25 points along with nine rebounds and five assists to his name.
“Three of our last four losses now have been last shot, could have gone one way or the other. So I was pleased with the way we competed for most of the game. We had a couple of lulls offensively in the second quarter, but we competed throughout the game and we put ourselves in a position to win against a good team,” Blazers coach Terry Stotts said.
The Portland Trail Blazers are sixth in the Western Conference standings. At the moment, they are comfortably in contention for the playoff spots. However, they have a three-game losing streak and will want to improve on that aspect of the game.
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