Batum: We Need to ‘Play with some pride’
Certainly, the Blazers have to hope that they hit bottom in the second half of their 104-86 loss here at TD Garden, a final score that does not nearly reflect the utter lack of resistance the team showed—at one point, they were doubled up, 74-37, and at worst, they trailed by 43 points. This does not bode well for a team that just wrapped up only the second game of a seven-game road trip.
“We have gotta stop talking,” forward Nicolas Batum said. “Act like a man. Play with some pride because, I don’t expect that can happen sometimes. … We gotta react and show some pride and win some games.”
The final box score didn’t look so bad for the Blazers, who outscored the Celtics, 32-16, in a garbage-time fourth quarter. But through three quarters, the Blazers had committed 24 turnovers to just six for Boston. Portland was shooting 36.5 percent from the field after three quarters, to 54.5 percent for the Celtics. It was about as ugly a game as it could have been. “That was an unprofessional approach,” (Nate) McMillan said. “There was no basketball played tonight.”