Damian Lillard reveals head coach Chauncey Billups said there are two different Portland Trail Blazers teams this season. On Friday night, the Trail Blazers suffered their third consecutive defeat after the Denver Nuggets handed them a 120-107 loss.
At the halftime, the Trail Blazers had a six-point lead. The Trail Blazers suffered a stunning collapse in the third quarter as the Nuggets won the quarter with a 19-point margin. In the end, the Nuggets ended up claiming a comfortable win.
Lillard, who is 32 and one of the most experienced players on the Trail Blazers, underlined that being consistent is the key to success in the NBA.
Lillard on Billups' message
“It was a tough 3rd quarter. They had a couple days of rest.
We had a day in between our last game as well. But it’s tough to win in this league, man. To win consistently in this league, you gotta be able to sustain your focus and be engaged on a nightly basis. Everybody has guys with ability, but the difference in the good teams, the average teams, and the bad teams is who can sustain that focus and be engaged for longer periods of time.
Not just over the course of a game, but over the course of stretches of games and over a long season. Right now, we’re that team sometimes. And sometimes, we’re not. After the game, Chauncey said it best, ‘We two different teams.
We come out and we one team, we win. And then, we come out with another team and we lose.’ I think the biggest takeaway from that is just it’s not easy to sustain, and that’s a major area of growth for us as a group," Lillard said.
Even though the Trail Blazers have lost their last three games, they still own a positive 17-16 record. On Monday, the Trail Blazers are hosting the Charlotte Hornets. It remains to be seen if Lillard and his teammates can bounce back when they meet the Hornets.