PORTLAND, Ore. — With his staff down by 25 factors on the half after being outscored 45-13 by the Trail Blazers within the second quarter, Los Angeles Lakers coach Darvin Ham stored his feedback to the gamers temporary in the course of the break.
“Darvin walked out of right here and mentioned, ‘Y’all determine this s— out,'” level guard Dennis Schroder mentioned following the Lakers’ improbable 121-112 come-from-behind victory on Sunday.
Ham’s exit offered a gap for Lakers guard Patrick Beverley to share a message that resonated with the group within the impromptu gamers’ assembly.
“Told the blokes, ‘Just flip our swag up,'” mentioned Beverley, who had a plus-minus of plus-27 within the 29 minutes he was within the recreation. “Understand we’re lucky to play a recreation that offers us stability to handle our households, give you the chance to reside a life-style, a lucky life-style that lots of people dream about.
“So no matter what is going on on, have enjoyable with this s—. Stay swaggy. That was my message, and we got here out and responded.”
The Blazers outscoring the Lakers by 32 within the second quarter was the widest margin by any NBA staff in any quarter this season. What got here subsequent was one of many greatest turnarounds in Lakers franchise historical past — tied for the second-largest halftime deficit overcome to win, behind solely the 28-point comeback LA had towards the Dallas Mavericks in December 2002.
Beverley, who was whistled for a technical foul within the second quarter for jawing with Damian Lillard whereas the Blazers star was on the free throw line, continued to talk on the courtroom within the second half — and backed it up with ferocious on-ball protection.
“I feel it is inspiring, man,” Ham mentioned of Beverly. “When you step out on this flooring at this stage, you’ve got to really feel such as you’re probably the greatest … and consider it. And he is been constant in that regard, when it comes to making an attempt to present a spark.
“We’ve introduced him right here to be a defensive agitator on behalf of the Lakers in an excellent method. And he is carried out that. And tonight, it was on full show, as nicely.”
LA outscored Portland 75-41 after halftime, and when it appeared the comeback was all however full, Beverley mocked Lillard’s signature “Dame Time” wrist faucet by shaking his personal wrist and beginning to hit it, miming as if the watch he was carrying was damaged then pretending to take it off and put it in his pocket.
“I imply, that is PB,” Schroder mentioned with amusing when requested about Beverley’s wristwatch goof. “That’s what he does. He lives for these moments, and he is been doing it all through his whole profession. So you possibly can’t blame him.”
LA shot 56.5% within the second half and held the Blazers to 30.8% capturing.
“They began to scent blood, and LeBron [James] simply stored attacking, stored attacking,” Blazers coach Chauncey Billups mentioned of the shift in vitality within the third quarter. “We have been on the market slightly weak, after which it grew to become a recreation.”
James scored 20 of his 37 factors within the second half, stepping into the lane time and time once more and ending.
“You can both exit and simply lay down and prepare for the following recreation or you possibly can see what can occur within the third quarter and make a recreation of it,” James mentioned. “And for us as opponents and our staff and our make-up this 12 months, we’re not a lay-down staff. It’s simply not the make-up of our membership.”