Terry Stotts thinks effort will be more important than strategy when the Portland Trail Blazers try to avoid being swept by the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference Finals.
The Warriors moved 3-0 up in the series with a 110-99 victory over the Trail Blazers on Saturday, Stephen Curry scoring 36 points while Draymond Green claimed a triple-double.
Portland held an 18-point lead in the second quarter but added just 13 in the third as Golden State came from behind to move one win away from a fifth straight NBA Finals appearance.
Stotts felt the Trail Blazers offense "fell apart" in the second half and called for improved energy levels in Game 4 at Moda Center on Monday.
"We're going to give it our best effort on Monday. I mean, that's all that matters, is we give it our best effort. We give it everything we have on Monday, and whatever happens, happens," said Stotts.
"But that's [about] having the pride and professionalism to give it the best effort and to get a home win, and then go from there.
"I don't know if it's as much about strategy as about just rallying around and giving it the best effort possible."
Portland overcame the Oklahoma City Thunder in the first round before beating the Denver Nuggets in Game 7 in the semi-finals, and C.J. McCollum, who scored a team-high 23 points on seven-of-20 shooting, is excited by the prospect of an all-or-nothing match.
"You never want a series to end, especially in your home court. Everybody on this team has pride," said McCollum.
"Everybody on this team understands what's at stake, and we've been through a lot of adversity this season and in our lives individually. We're looking forward to the challenge.
"We dug ourselves in quite a hole but now for us it's just one game at a time. The next game is Monday at home in front of our fans and we want to do our best to try to put on a good show."
Damian Lillard added: "It starts with one. We've still got another game on our floor, and that's a solid start for us.
"We can't look at Game 5 or Game 6 or any of that. We've just got to get one. We're confident that we can do that and then once we do that, we build from there."
16 de junio 2019
|United States star Carli Lloyd sets Women´s World Cup scoring record|
|Garcia rallies to take Nottingham title in marathon final|
|How can Sarri take Juventus to the next level?|
|Lampard and the contenders to replace Sarri at Chelsea|
|Bangladesh v West Indies: World Cup strugglers target momentum boost from Taunton showdown|
|Evalds treble clinches big Salford win|
|Chelsea must get ´right people around´ Lampard - Gullit|
|Fuglsang comfortably holds on for second Dauphine title|
|Mannarino ends wait for first ATP title with Rosmalen triumph|
|Berrettini denies Auger-Aliassime first title in Stuttgart Open final|
|Debate: Was Maurizio Sarri a success at Chelsea?|
|Le Mans glory for Toyota as Alonso joins Buemi and Nakajima in scoring repeat triumph|
|India´s Bhuvneshwar goes off injured... and replacement Shankar strikes first ball|
|I do not know anything - James still in dark over Real Madrid future|
|Japan v Chile: Two-time reigning champions begin title defence|
|MotoGP Raceweek: Triumphant Marquez defends apologetic Lorenzo|
|Travis Kelce: Kareem Hunt´s release from Chiefs ´ripped our hearts out´|
|Relentless Rohit and record-breaking Kohli help India punish Pakistan|
|Buffon ponders break from football after spurning PSG offer|
|Riske saves five championship points to stun Bertens|
|How does Sarri compare to Chelsea bosses under Abramovich?|
|MotoGP Raceweek: Lorenzo collision gifts Marquez victory in Barcelona|
|Sarri leaves Chelsea and takes over at Juventus|
|Kohli smashes Tendulkar´s record as fastest man to 11,000 ODI runs|
|Ndombele tempted by ´big club´ Tottenham|
|Mitchell the fall guy as Blues boss Fittler makes sweeping changes for second Origin game|
|Rabiot a mix of Pogba, Vidal and Marchisio, claims Buffon|
|Pogba wants ´new challenge somewhere else´ amid Manchester United exit talk|
|It was a lot of expense and not the expected results - Leonardo doubted on PSG return|
|Mitchell double helps Roosters see off Bulldogs but fails to win him Origin spot|
|Fury plans New York fight before taking on Wilder again after Vegas victory|
|Pakistan put India in as Shankar replaces Dhawan at Old Trafford|
|Pogba has ´unfinished business´ at Manchester United - Pires|
|Rumour Has It: Bayern offer Bale escape from Madrid|
|Rose ready to play with ´nothing to lose´ at U.S. Open|
|Astros´ Alvarez shines in win over Blue Jays|
|Yankees acquire Encarnacion from Mariners|
|Fury impressively stops Schwarz in second round|
|Woodland ´enjoying the moment´ as U.S. Open breakthrough looms|
|LeBron James reacts to Anthony Davis trade: Just the beginning|
|Mexico 7 Cuba 0: Antuna scores hat-trick in Gold Cup rout|
|Koepka hopes recent dominance helps in final round|
|Messi ´bitter´ after Argentina lose Copa America opener|
|Scaloni criticises pitch after Argentina defeat|
|Woodland´s lead cut to one as Rose closes in|
|Woods refuses to blame pain as cold weather triggers Tiger|
|Magic Johnson congratulates Lakers over reported Davis trade|
|Warrington edges Galahad to retain IBF featherweight title|
|Woodland leads as Rose and Koepka lurk at U.S. Open|
|Argentina 0 Colombia 2: Martinez, Zapata inflict Copa pain on Messi´s men|
|Richarlison encourages Neres to make Everton move|
|Tiger closes out day three with birdie to finish even par|
|LeBron´s Lakers land Anthony Davis in Pelicans trade – reports|
|Women´s World Cup Review: Record-breaking Miedema takes Netherlands through, Canada qualify too|
|Toulouse´s ´incredible generation´ delights Mola|
15 de junio 2019
|Goals are pretty hard to come by – Ellis dismisses celebration criticism|
|Huget double leads Toulouse to Top 14 glory|
|Malaga 0 Deportivo La Coruna 1 (2-5 agg): Bergantinos sends Depor into promotion play-off final|
|Venezuela 0 Peru 0: Points shared despite late Mago dismissal|
|Tiger Woods struggles to get going on moving day|
|Tahir has single-handedly made South Africa a strong team - Du Plessis|
|Dream return for Quinlan as Smith gets up and running against Wolves|
|Auger-Aliassime gets walkover into Stuttgart final, rain halts Den Bosch semis|
|Bertens makes first grass final on home soil|
|Ukraine overcome South Korea to win Under-20 World Cup|
|ICC to investigate Sri Lanka news conference no-show|
|De Kock steers Proteas to first win after Afghanistan collapse|
|It is out of the question me and Aguero will leave - Jesus quashes Manchester City exit talk|
|Runaway golf cart injures U.S. Open spectators in freak accident|
|Maybe I can fit in at Manchester United - Brazil forward Everton open to future move|