The Morning After: Everything you missed from the Trail Blazers loss to Phoenix

Chris Burkhardt
NBC Sports Northwest

The Blazers played their final home game of the 2019 preseason on Saturday when they hosted the Phoenix Suns. Devin Booker, DeAndre Ayton, and Ricky Rubio all sat out this one for the Suns, but that didn't stop them from dropping bombs from downtown. Phoenix made 24 three-pointers and had the Blazers defense looking lost all night. Good thing it was preseason so the Blazers could get this performance out of the way. Final score: Phoenix 134 - Portland 118. 

Here is everything you may have missed: 


Our defense wasn't very good. We let them shoot a lot of threes and they made a lot, you've got to give them credit. They shot the hell out of the ball. But we obviously, we should have turned up the defense. We talked about it at halftime and we just didn't come out and play as hard as we should have, so it's mostly on us." - Zach Collins on the team defense

"What I just said was the easy thing to say – it's just the preseason. But it's a lot of things that you look at that game and you take away from it saying we need to do better. Too many missed communications. We allowed too many comfortable catch and shoot threes. A lot of that came from miscommunication, turning the ball over, they're not playing a half-court set defense, they're pushing it against the break so our defense is off-balance, guys trailing the play – a lot of situations like that." Damian Lillard on the team's performance

"I wanted to see Anthony out there with Dame and CJ and Hassan as a spacing four-man. He's a good team defender. He talks out there. I thought I wanted to see him with that group because of his ability to space the floor with those other guys." - Coach Stotts on the decision to start Anthony Tolliver 

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The Morning After: Everything you missed from the Trail Blazers loss to Phoenix originally appeared on NBC Sports Northwest

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