In an interview with ESPN’s Rachel Nichols, Lillard said that without an urgency to improve, “then you’re just going out there playing” (starting at 1:47):
“It was just me showing urgency, like, spark that urgency… figure out, OK, what do we have to do? We’re a 5-, 6-seed. What do we have to do to make the jump?
“If you don’t have a line of communication with people who can make the changes or the people who can make impactful things happening for the better, then you’re just going out there playing.”