Back in DCPosted on January 14, 2013 by SportzWiz
Hey everyone, the team got back in late last night and will practice at Noon. I will get what I can from practice and relay it over here as soon as possible. If there is one positive thing going for the Wizards right now is this team has dealt with adversity from day one, with injury after injury, and yet somehow, someway they have persevered. They have also responded after bad losses by playing great basketball in their next game, in fact the Wizards are 5-2 this season in games following a loss of over 20 points. Will that mean anything on Thursday? We will have to wait and see, but as they say their is no place like home, and I think you will see a much different team in Verizon Center come 8:00 on Thursday. UPDATE: Just got back from practice. And while I say practice it was much more of the team talking and watching film than practice. The team went in for film to start which is very rare and they talked for about an hour. From what I understand Coach Jordan talked to the team while they watched film and it really helped perk the mood of the guys. Following film the team went through individual shooting drills and one thing that caught my attention was DeShawn Stevenson. The guy went out and at one point made 25 consecutive three points from four spots on the floor. I will have quotes coming soon. UPDATE: it sounds as though Brendan WILL NOT BE SUSPENDED FOR GAME 3 Here are quotes from practice Head Coach Eddie Jordan On tomorrow's game "We have a chance to protect our home floor. We need to play better. We can do a lot of things better. We get a chance to do it, it is our turn and we will see what happens." On what the team needs to do to be more successful "We have to stay a lot more disciplined and trust what we are doing. We can have random possessions. We need to stick to the game plan, if all five guys are disciplined enough on both ends we are very competitive and if we get out of sorts and undisciplined then they are a good team that will take advantage of it." On the team's ability to bounce back this season "I'm hoping that this is the prototypical Wizards team that will bounce back from a tough loss like that. Now we have to return the favor. If we trust each other and play harder we will give ourselves a chance." On getting the crowd into the game "You need to get the crowd believing in you. You need to get the crowd to say 'they are playing good basketball' and they will come along with you. That's when you get that 6th man and that ride from the crowd." Brendan Haywood On being in this same position against Chicago "I definitely take that experience with us. We feel confident in our skills and we know we can get things done. When we watched tape today we saw so many mistakes that aided them. We don't feel demoralized we feel we have a lot to give and we probably have played our worst basketball of the season so far." On being able to bounce back from a blowout loss "I think it's easier to bounce back after a blowout because everything is more real to you. When you lose in a one or two point game there are so many possessions that could have changed the outcome of the game. When you get blown out you have to sit back and take a look at yourself. I think everyone on our team is doing that right now and saying what do I have to do better to help the team." On getting support from the fans "I think we can definitely take care of business at home," said Brendan Haywood. "Of course we are going need the fans to come out there and support us. We feed off their energy. I remember when they were really great in that Chicago Bulls series a couple of years back. We really fed off their energy and that helped us turn it around." DeShawn Stevenson On Wizards fans treating the Cavaliers like Cleveland fans treated him ""I really hope are fans come out loud and support us," said DeShawn Stevenson. "After the way the Cavaliers fans treated me over there. They had thousands of signs, and putting my comments on the scoreboard so hopefully LeBron and the Cavaliers get the same kind of treatment in our building. We need for them to feel like they are on the road and not at home."
Hey everyone, I'll be heading down to practice in about an hour and a half. If there are any questions please let me know. The team didn't go through much of a practice yesterday, so I expect them to go for a pretty good amount of time today. Again the team seemed very upbeat yesterday and is very