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Doubling Tim Duncan: Wizards Locker Room Portraits & Quotes

Updated: January 4, 2010

Prior to Saturday’s 97-86 loss to the San Antonio, Flip Saunders indicated that for the most part, Brendan Haywood would guard Tim Duncan straight up and they would run one-and-a-half men toward the Spurs center “at times.”

Duncan finished with an efficient 23 points (10-16 FGs), seven rebounds, and three assists in 36 minutes.

Flip Saunders

After the game, I asked Coach Saunders asses how the defensive plan against Duncan worked. He said:

“Well we didn’t want to double at all. Every time we doubled, we gave up a three-point shot, which we weren’t supposed to be doing. So, like I said, when you play against a good team and you don’t stay with your game plan, you mess up, you pay the price.

It’s one of those things, you’re saying Duncan you’re going to have to go out and get 40 and try to cut everybody else off. We played too in-between.”

I then got the take of Duncan’s defender:

Brendan Haywood

On doubling Duncan:

“We were supposed to dig down. We have to learn where the grey area is. You dig down so the opposite post player doesn’t see that wide-open lane, and doesn’t know if your coming to double or staying with your man. It makes it a little hard for him.

A lot of times we get caught letting guys iso so, I think that tonight, sometimes we doubled when we weren’t supposed to … but Duncan had it rolling and a double couldn’t hurt.”

{more locker room quotes}

Caron Butler

On if it’s frustrating that it’s taken 31 games to get to this point in terms of effort:

“It’s a process … it’s a process and it’s going to take time, but obviously you can see the effort and energy and see progression. And that’s something you can feel satisfied by.”

Gilbert Arenas

On how he’s dealing with what’s been going on:

“Watchin’ a lot of comedy. You know, laughter usually heals pain.”

Andray Blatche

On keeping focus after slow starts:

“Every night is not going to be a great night for me, so whenever that occurs, that’s when I have to play defense or hustle, rebound, give my teammates energy.”

[Also see the full interview with Andray Blatche.]

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