Wizards Prepare for Game 5Posted on January 14, 2013 by FantasticWiz
The Wizards returned to practice at Verizon Center Tuesday morning to prepare for Game 5 in Cleveland. Here's what they had to say about Wednesday's game in Cleveland. Gametime is 6:00 pm ET and will be available on TNT, CSN and on WTEM 980AM.
WIZARDS HEAD COACH EDDIE JORDAN
On WednesdayÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s game in Cleveland:
Ã¢â‚¬Å“This is the game to win. Right now, we have to win there to win the series. We expect to win the series and that starts with a win tomorrow night.Ã¢â‚¬ �
On preparing for the game:
Ã¢â‚¬Å“We understand what we have to do. We have to play harder longer and smarter longer than they do. We are used to the environment there. It can be very loud and volatile atmosphere but we are ready for it.Ã¢â‚¬ �
Ã¢â‚¬Å“We have to fight to get rebounds. We have to get in the position to rebound. Some of it is having a knack for rebounding, but the other part is to want it more and to have the skill to get it.Ã¢â‚¬ �
On Gilbert Arenas:
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Gilbert is in a different sort of role for us. He is still a catalyst for us. He can do some wonderful things for us, like you saw against Philadelphia at the end of the regular season and in game 1 of this series. Hopefully he can last long on his legs. As long as he has his legs under him, he will be great.Ã¢â‚¬ �
WIZARDS GUARD GILBERT ARENAS
On Game 5 in his NBA.com Blog.
"If weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re going to pull out this series, weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re going to need a miracle. WeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re going to have to dig. WeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re going to have to play big. Everyone is going to have to bring their A games. We canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t have no let downs now... ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s one of those things where weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re going into the lionÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s den. That arena is going to be ready for us. TheyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re going to bring out the boo birds and call us every name you can possibly think of. TheyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re going to boo us from tip-off until the end of the game... For us to silence that crowd, weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re going to have to get out to a quick start and try to get up big to get the fans out of it a little. "
WIZARDS FORWARD ANTAWN JAMISON
On WednesdayÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s game in Cleveland:
Ã¢â‚¬Å“The thing about this situation is that we have always been able to find a way to get through adversity and find a way to get it done. We are really up against the wall now. We know what we need to do to get a win. In order to win this series, we have to get a win in Cleveland and we just have to find a way to do it twice. Everything points to tomorrow night and we have to find a way to get it done.Ã¢â‚¬ �
On the teamÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s struggle to win playoff games in Cleveland over the past 3 years:
Ã¢â‚¬Å“You have to look at the situations. Last year you have to throw out the window because of all the injuries. The year before we let a couple of close games slip away. Game 1, we let slip away and in game 2 we were blown out. We have lost some very close basketball games in Cleveland. You just have to find a way to put it behind you and focus on the next game.Ã¢â‚¬ �
On his confidence in the team:
Ã¢â‚¬Å“This is a pretty good basketball team. With the exception of one game, we have played pretty well. We have not been able to make some shots and some little mistakes have put us in a 3-1 hole. Nothing is going to change. This team is still going to go out there and fight and play hard. We still believe we have the opportunity to win not only this game, but to win this series.Ã¢â‚¬ �
WIZARDS FORWARD CARON BUTLER
On preparing for tomorrowÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s game:
Ã¢â‚¬Å“We have to be mentally focused, which we are. We need to prepare for the challenge ahead of us and I think we are ready.Ã¢â‚¬ �
On attempting to come back and win a series after being down 3-1:
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Once again, we are going against a lot of doubters. A lot of people believe our season is going to end tomorrow night. We have worked hard and we do not want our season to end on this note.Ã¢â‚¬ �
On the teamÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s injuries:
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Guys are banged up and have some sort of injuries, including Gilbert and myself. ThatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s no excuse. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s playoff time. Our franchise player had a great shot opportunity at the end of the last game that just didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t go down. Now we have to bounce back.Ã¢â‚¬ �
Ã¢â‚¬Å“We have to rebound better. We know that. We understand that. ThatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s the mentality we are bringing into game 5.Ã¢â‚¬ �
WIZARDS GUARD ROGER MASON JR.
On tomorrowÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s game:
Ã¢â‚¬Å“You saw what we could do in game 3. We played together and our bench gave us a lift. I think we are going to need that tomorrow.Ã¢â‚¬ � On contributions from the bench:
Ã¢â‚¬Å“ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s the key to the game. It is a team effort and we are going to need everybody. Collectively, the bench will have to step it up tomorrow.Ã¢â‚¬ �
7:14am Hey Everyone, SportzWiz checking in. Obviously its win or go home time for the Wizards. This team has responded all year with their back against the wall and they will try to do it once again tonight. Team arrived yesterday afternoon and they are excited with the opportunity to bring this