The mood post-game isn’t typically great after a loss, and to rub it in even further, losing Dwight Powell with a potentially season-ending injury makes it hurt that much more.
Rick Carlisle described the night as “somber,” but knows Powell has the work ethic to get healthy and back on the floor.
On Dwight Powell’s injury: “It’s a somber night with Dwight’s situation, he’s going to have an MRI tomorrow. His right Achilles injury is feared to be severe, but we won’t know for sure until his diagnostics test. It’s a real tough one.
“He’s one of the soldiers of the franchise, but he’s an upbeat guy, and if the news ends up being the worst news, we’ve seen how Barea recovered and he’s playing beautifully.”
“He’ll be back.”
On the return of Kristaps Porzingis: “It was great having KP back out there, obviously it’s going to take him a little bit of time to get his rhythm, but he said he felt real good, so we hope he’s feeling good tomorrow and we’ve gotta get ready for some tough road games.”
“His activity was real good, he’s an aggressive player - he charged some shots, blocked a couple, and his rhythm will come back quickly.”
On the missed three to tie the game late: “Tim [Hardaway Jr.] was wide open, and I thought it was a great decision - the way Tim’s shooting the ball, it’s a great play. In that kind of situation, end of the game playing a team as good on defense as the clippers, it could be anybody that’s open for a shot, but I thought that was a great play.”
On Dwight Powell: “Prayers up for Dwight, he’s a great guy and didn’t deserve that.”
“Off the court and on the court, he gives us a lot, and he’s going to come back stronger.”
“It’s tough, nobody wants to get injured, especially a guy like Dwight, he works his ass off, it’s really tough.”
On the missed three to tie the game late: “100 percent the right decision.”
On returning after missing 10 games: “I was eager to get back onto the court, something unfortunate to happen with my little injury, but I’m glad I’m healthy again.”
“It just sucks that we weren’t able to get the win. I feel like if I played just a little bit better we would have won the game, so this loss is on me.”
“I know it was my first game back, but I always have high expectations for myself and I’m just disappointed that I wasn’t able to shoot the ball better.”
On how he feels physically: “I actually feel pretty good, I’ve been shooting a lot these days leading up to the game.”
“Especially at the end when I had those open threes, I just [needed] a little more legs, [some of those shots] were just flat.”
On his shooting: “In other games I’ve felt more anxious to do stuff, I felt good out there, it just wasn’t falling, but I didn’t really overreact.”
“It felt like the next shot is going in, it was my mindset the whole night, the next shot is going in for sure. That’s just how my mind works and I have to keep that mindset.”
On Dwight Powell’s recovery: “He should just take it one day at a time, with everyday a little bit of progress and don’t get stuck at any point or discouraged.”
“I think he has a really good mindset, a strong mindset, and he’s going to be fine throughout the rehab.”
“He’s been great for the locker room, and great for the culture that we’re trying to build.”