As the Portland Trail Blazers walked off the court, leaving a sold out noiseless crowd in disbelief after just taking a commanding 2-0 series lead with a 112-105 victory over the Houston Rockets on Wednesday night, they were greeted by some familiar faces in route to the locker room.

In the hallway, adjacent to their locker room, Trail Blazers owner Paul Allen, GM Neil Olshey, Assistant GM Bill Branch and the entire coaching staff waited for every player to make their way back from the court. Each one was greeted with a round of applauds and words of encouragement.

“It was surprising to see,” Damian Lillard said after flirting with a triple-double of 18 points, eight rebounds and 11 assists. “That was pretty cool. It shows that they’re supporting us and appreciate what we’re doing.”

Once everybody entered the locker room, the message from the Trail Blazers’ brass was, “Congratulations. You’ve done a good job. But there’s more work to do,” Lillard recalled.

That’s a message LaMarcus Aldridge, Wesley Matthews and Nicolas Batum have been preaching ever since the regular season concluded. The focus, the attention to detail, the muted vibe is what you experience when you’re in the presence of this team prior to these playoff practices and games.

After that Game 1 win on Sunday, it would have been easy for Portland to settle for the split on the road before heading back home. Turns out, they were hungrier after that win, and the Rockets look like a thick, juicy T-bone steak with all the fixings.

“We were going into Game 2 hungry like we went into Game 1,” Matthews said. “There’s a certain mood on this team that I like. You don’t hear a sound before these games. Players are locked in. You can see it for yourself.”

On Tuesday, Lillard sat in his hotel room alone, watching some playoff action. He sent out a few text messages to teammates, urging them to observe what Washington is doing to Chicago, a team that started the series on the road and took the first two games in which erased the Bulls’ homecourt advantage.