John Wall, Flip Saunders, Andray Blatche, Nick Young, Trevor Booker and Carmelo Anthony speak on it from the locker room after Friday’s Wizards-Knicks game…
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On a night when their most experienced player looked lost and confused, the Wizards nearly rode the infectious energy of two of their least experienced players to the first win of the season. Trevor Booker and Chris Singleton were drafted in the past two Junes to provide hustle and defense for a team deficient in those areas, and they both made a case for more playing time in the Wizards’ 99-96 loss on Friday to the New York Knicks.
But simply being in the game was an achievement after the Wizards squandered their stellar start during a third quarter that resembled how they’ve played recently in the opening period. Saunders waited nearly seven minutes into the period before replacing starters who had allowed a 47-46 halftime lead to turn into a 64-57 deficit, one that increased to 66-57 when Anthony hit a fadeaway over Singleton and drawing a foul, strutting and smiling to the crowd.
It’s really nuts how things snowball for these guys. Things as simple as fighting through a down screen that frees Stoudemire for a wide-open jumper become hard. Missed free-throws lead to offensive rebounds. Attention to detail is forgotten. But perhaps the worst play was after the Knicks battered the paint and got a tip-in. Saunders started talking to McGee, and McGee just trotted up the court for whatever reason. Wall had to start the play with McGee at halfcourt because he was moving so slowly. Fail quickly, folks.
Talking Accountability with Flip Saunders? [via Washington Post]
“I told those guys maybe I let them off the hook a little bit, because they are younger and I said, ‘We’re not going to do that anymore,’ ” Saunders said. “Everyone talks about us being young, and maybe we’re doing you a disservice. We have to coach you like a playoff team, like every game is a playoff game and if you’re not playing hard and you continue to make mental mistakes, you’re going to sit down. We’ll give somebody else an opportunity and you’ll go back in. Sometimes, when you have young players, you say, ‘We’re going to let them play through their mistakes.’ But there has to be some consequence for that.”
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