Chauncey Billups is not having a pleasant start to his career as head coach. Some up and down Portland Trail Blazers played their worst game of the season on Sunday in a 29-point loss to the Denver Nuggets. While it is true that Oregonians faced the match without Damian Lillard, their rival also had the delicate absences of Jamal Murray, Michael Porter Jr. and Will Barton.
After the defeat, the coach expressed his frustration and disappointment with the level of competitiveness that the team has shown in these first weeks of the season. “I’m confused,” Billups acknowledged, as he collects a medium information The Oregonian. «I don’t think we have come to compete in this match. I mean, this is a team that beat us in the playoffs last year. And we went out without even competing in the first quarter. I am a bit disappointing. The effort. There was not. We just don’t fight. “
When asked about the possibility of making adjustments in the starting five or modifying the rotations to try to reverse the situation, Billups suggested the imminent arrival of changes. “We’re on that. It is something that will come soon, “said the technician. “If we keep playing like this, at some point I’ll have to do something if things don’t work out.”
According to another piece by the journalist from The Athletic Jason Quick, the first focus of action points to the painting. The inner pairing of Jusuf Nurkic and Robert Covington has been inconsistent, while alternates such as Larry Nance Jr., Cody Zeller or Nassir Little have provided greater stability. “The entire second unit played as hard as we need it to be,” added Billups. “The first unit didn’t show that.”
The head coach acknowledged that the Blazers faced a busy schedule over the past week, in which they played four road games in six days. However, the coach did not want to use fatigue as an excuse. “I don’t think there’s any real reason why I didn’t see that effort,” Billups continued. «We have had many parties. I can see tiredness. I can see that we run out of gas if we go out and play with everything we have. I can live with that. But I don’t like to lose like this [sin mostrar esfuerzo].»
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