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D.C. Council Opening Statements: Wizards vs Bulls, Game 38

Updated: January 17, 2014

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Wizards, Bulls… once again. Reporting from the Verizon Center, we present quotes and notes from both coaches, and Kirk Hinrich. Let’s get started…

Teams: Wizards vs Bulls
Time: 7:00 p.m. ET
Venue: Verizon Center, Washington, DC
Television:  CSN
Radio: WFED-AM 1500
Spread: Wizards fav’d by 5 points

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Q #1: Tom Thibodeau on…

Washington’s defense and Nene’s impact:

T. Thibodeau: “They’re big up front, and I think they’ve done a good job their last two years. You can see the commitment that the team has made. Nene is a big body, physical, as is Gortat, and I think all their players are making a concerted effort to play together. They’re covering up for each other. I think they’re challenging shots well. To me, that gives you your best chance at winning if you’re sound on both sides of the ball.”

Q #2: Tom Thibodeau on…

Playing the Wizards again and if it affects his philosophy:

T. Thibodeau: “I think it’s good from the standpoint of it’s similar to a playoff situation when you’re playing the same team over and over. You’re more familiar, you know what’s coming, you can anticipate the things, and there will be subtle changes. So, being alert, being aware … it’s good for us.”

Q #3: Kirk Hinrich on…

John Wall’s development:

K. Hinrich: “From the beginning you could tell he had a special talent, just an ability to get up and down the floor and make plays for himself and others. They’re really just doing a job of building the team around him. They’re veteran bigs are very good … shooting all over the place. You know he was going to get to this level at some point. I know John, I consider him a friend, and I’m happy for him.”

Q #4: Kirk Hinrich on…

Guarding ‘new and improved jumper’ Wall:

K. Hinrich: “The main thing is he’s so dangerous in transition, so you want to try to make him play half court as much as you can. He’s become a very well-rounded player and it just makes him that much harder to guard.”

Q #5: Randy Wittman on…

His 8-man rotation over the past two games and how playing back-to-back (tonight and Saturday) might affect that:

R. Wittman: “Again, it’s how the game’s going … how are we playing? What’s the circumstances in the game as the game rolls around. So that’s kind of how I’ve played it these last two games and I’ll continue to do it tonight.”

Q #6: Randy Wittman on…

If he’s taken any particular action to ensure that the Wizards’ locker room is as serious as he wants it to be before home games:

R. Wittman: “I take care of what I need to take care of.”

Very well then. Enjoy the game, folks.


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