Billups: Blazers' performance vs. Clippers was 'really embarrassing'
Portland Trail Blazers head coach Chauncey Billups didn't mince words about his club's performance after their 30-point loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday.
"It was really embarrassing," Billups told reporters following the Blazers' 116-86 defeat. "Just the effort. I don't think that we started the game off with the right mindset. ... From the very first play of the game, we turned the ball over. We couldn't get the ball where we needed it to go.
"Their pressure really hurt us, and it just continued to snowball the rest of the way. It's tough to compete in a game when you have 30 turnovers."
Portland coughed up the ball 30 times, which led to 29 points for Los Angeles. The Blazers are averaging the fifth-most turnovers in the Association and rank 21st in points allowed off turnovers per contest. It's a stark contrast to last season when the club committed the least amount of turnovers.
"With 30 turnovers, it's hard to beat a middle school team," guard CJ McCollum said, according to NBA.com's Mark Medina.
Portland returns to action Wednesday against the Memphis Grizzlies.
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