Los Angeles Lakers, Portland Trail Blazers, LeBron James, Damian Lillard, Anthony Davis, NBA, NBA Playoffs ' Game 3 win vs. Blazers, playing with LeBron James | 2020 NBA Playoffs
So when, when you guys had got that extra lift uh been aggressive uh, i got the ball and some of my sweet spots. You know coach did a great job of drawing up a play and we just kind of kept going back to it. Um. You know. I didn’t want to tell brown i have i didn’t. I got to take some of the pressure off of him um. You know only three shot attempts in the first half and you know i missed a ton of free throws, but you know i didn’t want him to. You know just carry the team the entire time. I wanted to take some pressure off on me. You know you got guys trying to get into them and make it tough for them, picking them up 94 feet so just trying to take some pressure off of them where you don’t have to come down, and you know and try to score every time and facilitate So just kind of take some of that pressure off holding and you know once again guys made shots which opened up the floor for him and myself um. You know you can’t really help help off as much when we’re, making shots so i’d say just getting the ball in the sweet spot and shooting ball with confidence. You mentioned lebron’s aggressiveness. He was getting into the paint all night long. What is that like playing with him when he’s in that mode? You know, as opposed to when he’s been facilitating a little bit more in attack mode? You know we need him like that, all the time um it’s tough, to stop um it’s fun for us.
You know, and he still makes the right plays, and you know i told the guys in huddle it’s our job when he’s attacking us it’s our job for us to make shots. We have to make shots for him and you know kyle’s able to do that again. Tonight, hey it’s dave. I know you told us how between games one and two lebron was, you know, encouraging uh to get you back on track. Have you had any conversation with him since we’ve been down in orlando, about getting him encouraged and getting him into this challenge? That is ahead of you, guys he’s been doing it for a long time, dave there’s, nothing! I can say that he hasn’t heard or seen already so uh. My job is to kind of just be there. If you want to talk about something you know i’m there but he’s when in the game he’s so locked in and i’ll be talking to him sometimes – and you know he just stares straight ahead and i’m like he hurt me and i just leave it alone, but He’S uh he’s been doing this for for a long time been in this situation for many of times and um it’s, not much that he hasn’t seen so um. You know, i still say what i got to say and you know even if he don’t respond. I know he’s listening. Okay. I’M. Sorry go ahead, kyle, okay, um! Indeed um! You know how.
How much do you think about how your aggressiveness and physicality can kind i’m just trying to run just play within our schemes? You know we want to be a running team. You know they have two bigs on the floor. They started too big on the floor tonight and kind of excuse me played that way throughout the series, and you know we just want to run. You know we’re very good. You know when we’re running um playing in you know in a fast break, and so you know my job is once we get the rebound. You know either. If i get out push if not i’m running the floor and just kind of let them guys adjust to us and it’s kind of where i’m down me, obviously they’ve been playing a lot um. Actually, since they’ve been here, we’re playing like game sevens, so it’s our job to you know just kind of keep putting the pressure on them and keep running as the bigs and that’s. What all we’re, trying to do – yeah – hey you guys – are held up to – i think 22 points in the fourth quarter and they shot like 33. What was the key to that defense in the fourth quarter? Um? It was just the entire second half i mean we. Let them get too comfortable in the first half, especially damon cj. I think mello came down to third and got pretty hot, but um. We just wanted to make it tough on.
You know, no, no threes and knowing that late game that’s what they try to do. You know or hit mello in the corner for three, so we just try to take that away and make them beat us with twos. So our guards have been been great on the ball regarding damon cj and just making sure that you know they they feel pressure anytime. They come off screens or isolations, and you know channel them, channeling them to the basket and it’s our job at biggs. To make sure that we protect them tanya um effort, so the defense is all about effort. You know you got ta want to play defense, um and everybody in our locker room. You know has taken that challenge. You know, especially with these two guys, and so you know we we want to be a great defensive team. We we don’t want to rely on our offense to win games. We wanted to do it on the defensive end, that’s kind of what happened in that. Second. Half but everybody has taken the challenge to to guard the man 101 and also know that you have help on the back side if you do get beat, and our communication has been great for the most part. But we want to make sure that we continue to be aggressive defensively, especially against thanos cj, and make them work for every shop taylor rips, for you specifically what’s the thing that you did best this game and the thing that is the most important um improvement free Throws i’m just having free throws very unlikely for myself.
You know i just got to take my time at the line. Uh could have cost us the game, but you know, as a team, we struggled from the line we had to be better and i was able to you know, get back to the mid range kind of space the floor out. You know with that mid range and then you know guys were able to attack downhill, so uh that picking pick and pop picking short road game for me very effective tonight and last question mark medina anthony your skills in the bronze are pretty obvious. But why do you think your guys personalities mess so well together? Uh, i don’t know kind of like got no choice. To be honest, um i mean we’re two guys just like to have fun. I mean we like to work. You know we we like to win. Um, but you know off the court, you know we just kind of clicked to you know guys who like to have fun too. You know guys who are big kids, you know and play xbox and you know have game nights back in that late like stuff like that is just kind of unique, and you know we’ve known each other for a long time.