After Sunday night’s overtime victory in Game 1 versus the Rockets in Houston, Trail Blazers starting center Robin Lopez took questions about the game, the “little tap” on Chandler Parsons that almost got him his second technical and absolutely, positively not being elbowed in the stomach by Dwight Howard despite evidence to the contrary.
When you think back on the game what do you remember most?
That was a fun one. That’s the way playoff basketball is supposed to be played. Looking forward to however many more games are left.
What about the challenge of playing Dwight Howard?
He’s a good player. He’s going to get his in and there are times where I’m going to have to try to guard him one-on-one. I’m up for that challenge.
You talk about it being playoff basketball. The end of the game, fouling out, the almost technical on Chandler Parsons. What was going through your mind at the time?
I was just having a talk with Chandler. He’s like, “That’s your sixth foul. I’m like, “I know, man.” I just gave him a little tap. Nothing malicious. Playoff basketball, emotions are running high, you want to win games. A lot of passion. Passion involved.
Did you feel like Dwight caught you in the stomach with an elbow right before you got your technical?
Oh no. No, not at all. Not at all. No.
You like mixing it up, physical games like this in the playoffs? Is that to your liking?
Yeah, that’s fine. That’s the way I grew up playing basketball and that’s the way it should be.
What was the mentality of the team coming back from that fourth-quarter deficit?
We just had to make sure we wanted to stick with it. We’ve come back from bigger deficits during the season and we realize it’s a different beats that then. But we knew we’d still win that game.