Quotes From Today's Practice

Posted on January 14, 2013 by FantasticWiz

Here are a few quotes that we got from after today's team practice. The Wizards left the Verizon Center around noon and boarded the charter plane on their way to Cleveland. Game One is set for tomorrow at 12:30 pm ET on ESPN and Comcast SportsNet. Don't forget to check in here as your favorite Dave Johnson blog live throughout the Playoff Series. WIZARDS HEAD COACH EDDIE JORDAN On getting ready for game one: “Everything is in place. We’ve got guys in practice. They’re jacked up. They’re really intense. They’re ready to play. They’re having a lot of fun. It’s just exciting. It’s a great opportunity. We are very proud of where we are.†� On Gilbert Arenas coming off the bench: “Right now we are looking at game one and he is going to come off the bench. We’ll cross that bridge when we get to game two.†� On defending LeBron James: “With a player like LeBron James, your team defense has to be great. I don’t think any one man can stop him. With that in mind, you need to have team defense that can be more effective than individual defense. Our keys are rebounding, team defense, and offensive organization and execution. Those are the three keys for us to win the series.†� WIZARDS GUARD GILBERT ARENAS On being healthy going into the playoffs: “We’re excited. We haven’t been together in the playoffs for two years. We can’t wait to get out there. There’s a lot of hype in this series and we’re ready to get to Cleveland.†� On his role in the first round: “I’m an assassin. I get buckets. I haven’t played in a long time, but my shot is still there. When I come off the bench, there’s going to be some trouble.†� On how his knee is feeling: “It’s feeling good. I took the last two games off because we already figured out who we were going to play. I wanted to let it rest so I can use it in the tournament. That’s what it is. It’s a tournament.†� On Charles Barkley’s comments: “It’s his opinion. Obviously he’s going to be watching. They have LeBron (James). We have Antawn (Jamison), myself and Caron (Butler). We’ll take our chances. We’ll take our chances.†� On his silence: “I didn’t want to hear, ‘How is your knee?’ ‘How does it feel to be back?’ ‘Are you still going to opt out?’. Let’s worry about the playoffs; then I’ll be back at it.†� On the difficulty of staying quiet: “In a couple of months it’ll be summer and there will be nothing to talk about. We’ll just be sitting there talking about baseball all day. So let’s get excited again.†� On Cleveland’s home court advantage: “Home court is important. If we can go in there and steal one game then it’s back to our home court.†�

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Game Day Cleveland Game One

January 14, 2013

8:03 AM...Dave Johnson chekcing in and ready to playoff blog...Just passed some of the players in the lobby. This is different starting this early but it is for a good reason. There has been a lot of talk about all the talk but I think we are past the point where who says what   matters. Two

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