D.C. Council Opening Statements: Wizards vs Heat, Game 37
CoachSpeak is fatalism, but also a necessary evil. What else is a coach going to say sometimes? They don’t care about no damn media, but they are contractually obligated to say something. Before tonight’s game alone, in quotes gathered by TAI’s Conor Dirks and John Converse Townsend on the scene tonight, we have these gems:
“You wanna get a win no matter home or away.” —R. Wittman
“We need to play a similar game tonight [as we did when we won that other game, essentially—that other game being Monday in Chicago].” —R. Wittman
“I’m not worried about how Miami is feeling… (after losing two in a row).” —R. Wittman
Of course, LeBron also evidently promised the President of the United States of America today that he would essentially clean house in the Phone Booth tonight. And if that don’t make ole Randy’s bowels churn a little bit, then no bland pasta in the world, no five-dollar footlong from Subway ever will.
Tonight’s opening statements will be rather brief and rather coach-ly … words tossed into the night as if 1,000 of them would never make any sort of pretty picture.
Teams: Wizards vs Heat
Time: 7:00 p.m. ET
Venue: Verizon Center, Washington, DC
Radio: WFED-AM 1500
Spread: Heat fav’d by 5.5 points
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Q #1: Randy Wittman on… Heat Stuff:
R. Wittman: “They’re a very good defensive team. They put a lot of pressure on you. We’ve got to move the ball, equal opportunity. Guys got open shots, got to take them. You got to be aggressive to the basket. This isn’t a shot-blocking team, so we’re going to have to create things off of their pressure and swinging the ball from side-to-side.”
Q #2: Randy Wittman on… the important of creating offense in transition:
R. Wittman: “It’s always important to us, doesn’t matter if [against] the first team in the league or the last team in the league, for us to really get out in transition, we’ve got to do a really good job on the defensive boards.”
Q #3: Erik Spoelstra on… Mr. John Hildred Wall:
E. Spoelstra: “We know what he’s capable of. He’s dynamic in the open court, there’s no question about it. We’ll have to be great with our conversion defense, getting multiple bodies in front of him, making it tough for him, not giving him wide-open alleys to the lane—that’s easier said than done when you have somebody with that type of speed and quickness. We have a challenge in front of us.”
Q #4: Randy Wittman on… his tight 8-man rotation in Chicago:
R. Wittman: “It’s just kinda the feel of the game … is kinda that how that always goes. I thought it was important for us to really get out to a good start, so I tightened it up a bit.”