Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Nate notes

I had a chance to talk with Nate McMillan today at practice about tomorrow's game against the Cleveland Cavaliers which is a 6 p.m. start time. Here's some of what he had to say.

On LeBron James’ improvement:

“Down the stretch, I think he’s one of the top fourth quarter scorers, making decisions. He has the confidence now down the stretch to carry a team and understand what needs to be done and how he can take advantage of his skill. He drives to the basket but he’s not settling. If you look at that Lakers game, he got to the rim a few times. Smarter, mature, he’s stronger and more confident than he was a couple years ago.”

On how to slow LeBron James down:

“Just like any other guy like that, you try to limit their touches and not give him anything easy. He’s one of those guys that slashes and gets to the rim. We’ve got to keep him in front of us.”

On the problems that the Cavaliers pose for the Blazers:

“They’re a team that’s playing with a lot of confidence right now. They have guys who can shoot the ball and play off of (LeBron James). After making it to the Finals, they feel that now they’re getting their rhythm back this last month or so. Very confident team, a solid team with a strong bench also.”

On the importance of the home stand:

“Every game is important. I think that the standings are showing that this time of the year is when you know teams are starting to look at the standings and their position. But every game is important. A game in November is just as important as a game in January, February or March. The thing is to take it one game at a time. That’s all you can control.”

On paying closer attention to the record of other teams:

“I know where we are and I know where other teams are. I don’t watch (the scores of other games) than I did before. We just focus on the game in front of us.”

And for more quotes from Trail Blazers, don't miss James Jones on PrimeTime tonight at 5:30 PM on KFXX 1080 “The Fan” and Channing Frye on John Canzano’s Bald-Face Truth at 7:20 PM tonight on KXL AM 750.


Devin said...

There's been some interesting talk about James and Kobe lately, comparing the two, especially after the Cavs-Lakers game. Other than being a better perimeter defender, I don't think Kobe does anything better than Lebron at this point in his career. And Lebron has a much, much bigger and more muscular frame - that goes a long way towards overpowering a defender.

Now we'll see if we can keep the ball out of Lebron's hands and crash the paint since Varejao's banged up.

Tonester1331 said...

Is darius Miles going to come back anytime this year? hopefully soon?

mrblazer said...

Nice interview, Casey. Was it just you and Nate? I haven't seen it anywhere else. It's always good to get something you won't anywhere else.

JEvans1963 said...

Casey, is it possible to post video of Nate's post game media session? Comcast only shows a portion of his comments.