The Portland Trail Blazers could not maintain a winning streak against the Oklahoma City Thunder suffering an 122-125 loss at Moda Center.
Damian Lillard called out his team’s effort on Monday night’s matchup, after the Blazers fell short on a second half comeback.
“We don’t have the luxury to wait around and try to just turn it on when we want to turn it on,” Lillard said, per Aaron Fentress of the Oregonian.
“That’s kind of the issue for us,” Lillard continued. “When the ball’s not going in, we don’t have that same bounce. Regardless of that, we got to be able to hang our hat on our communication and our effort and energy on the defensive end of the floor.”
“It just wasn’t a good enough effort to win an NBA game,” Lillard pointed out. The Blazers never got going defensively, as OKC took a 15-point lead early in the game.
The Blazers tried to get back to the game, but they never got in front of the Oklahoma City Thunder, who snapped a three-game losing skid.