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CoachSpeak: Mark Jackson on Defending John Wall (and Gortat on ‘Dirty’ Bogut)

Updated: January 5, 2014



Tonight’s game between the Washington Wizards and Golden State Warriors obviously features two of the more dynamic backcourts in the NBA, John Wall and Bradley Beal versus Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson. Before the game, Golden State Warriors coach Mark Jackson spoke about the young Wizards backcourt.

Mark Jackson on John Wall and Bradley Beal,
but mostly John Wall:


I also asked Jackson if his defensive philosophy in guarding Wall has shifted as Wall’s jumper has improved. I asked a similar question of Raptors coach Dwane Casey on Friday night. Here was Casey’s answer:

“Well, you must have been in our coach’s meetings. We had that discussion, that debate … pick your poison. Because if you go under, he’s knocking them down. And then they do a great job of lowering the screen, lowering the screen, lowering the screen … before you know it, they’re at the free throw line, and he clearly makes that shot. And if you go over, then you’re chasing him. Now you’re at his mercy as far as with his speed, strength, and quickness. So, hopefully we’ll mix it up. That’s our game plan and we’ll mix it up both ways … blitz him some, trap him some, and show him some different looks. That’s the only way physically one guy or our team can stop a guy as fast as he is. Again, he got 37 against us at our place, but you give something, you take away something else.”

Jackson’s response was a bit different. You can watch him discuss via video below, but the gist: “John Wall is an improved jumper shooter, but we’re betting that he doesn’t beat us that way.”

Mark Jackson on defending John Wall (and his jumper):


Quoth the Wizards:

Pre-game Randy Wittman on if his Wizards are running to his liking (the Wizards rank 21st in the NBA in pace so far this season (92.8 possessions per 48 minutes), which is not that far off from last season’s 92.2 pace that ranked 14th in the league):

“First, again, you got to … our defense has got to be good for us to be a good running team. That’s the first, most important thing. Like I said, we got to play our way. It doesn’t matter who we’re playing against. Golden State wants to play at a high pace, but we’ve got to play at the high pace that we want to play at, not the style of somebody else. And that’s the thing we don’t want to get caught up into. But I think for us the importance is defensive rebounding … getting stops and securing the rebound.”

Pre-game Marcin Gortat on his matchup versus Andrew Bogut:

“Obviously he’s a big boy. He’s got a huge frame. He’s a good rim protector, you got to make sure that you’re going to win the battle for rebounds with him. You just got to be physical with him. And he likes to do a lot of dirty stuff, and he likes to play dirty, too. So you just got to stay focused on everything you do, and you got to attack him, too.”


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