Blazers react to Aldridge injury
SAN ANTONIO – It took Head Coach Terry Stotts a while before he showed up for his post-game presser. We later found out why.
After the Portland Trail Blazers fell to the San Antonio Spurs 103-90 on Wednesday night -- losing their fourth straight game, which happens to be their longest losing streak of the season -- the players had a post-game hash-out session that was initiated by Damian Lillard, CSNNW.com was told.
Earl Watson, Mo Williams and Dorell Wright were amongst some of the players to vocally address what was going on and what needed to change from here on out, we’re told.
“I just felt like it was something that needed to be said,” Lillard responded when ask why he initiated the dialogue. “At some point, it’s up to the players.”
The players maintain that there’s no desperation in the locker room. The session was solely meant as a means to eliminating issues from reoccurring.
“It’s time for a players-meeting when we see a little slippage,” Wright said. “Every team has two or three a year. I love the fact that this was the only one this season where guys really had to step up and be vocal leaders.
“And the best thing about it, we got vets in here that have been through things and young guys that have been through things as well and understand when it’s time to speak up. That’s what guys did tonight.”
The foundation of their post-game session was similar to Terry Stotts’ reminder from last night – staying together and staying the course.
All-Star power forward LaMarcus Aldridge is out with a back contusion, Mo Williams, we suppose, could come back any minute with a right hip strain. There’s no mistaken, the Trail Blazers are at a place they’ve never been this season.
“It’s the most adversity we’ve gone through, obviously,” Lillard said “but it’s not even a low feel to our team. We just want to make sure we’re addressing issues and finding ways to correct it before the playoffs begin. But there’s no panic at all.”
Portland (42-23) is off to New Orleans for their final game of this five-game road trip against the Pelicans on Friday. Going back home 1-4 will have to do.