Spurs vs. Wizards: 3/12/12


Gregg Popovich

Tony Parker

Tim Duncan

Randy Wittman

John Wall

JaVale McGee

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Gregg Popovich

(Opening Statement)
“Tony Parker was great. He got it done for us tonight as he has all year. We’ve really ridden him all year and he came out as usual…focused, aggressive, really at the top of his game. He was the main impetus for us tonight.”

(What was the situation with Manu?)
“He just tightened up.”

(Talk about the ball movement tonight…)
“We had 23 assists the first half; I don’t know what we had in the second half yet, but really great unselfish play. A lot of movement, the ball changed sides, people moved and that created a lot of opportunities for us offensively.


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Tony Parker

(When asked how the offensive effort was tonight…)
“I think we did a great job with moving the ball. I think we had over 20 assist in the first half and that’s what we want. We took advantage of their defense and we had wide open shots everywhere.”

(When asked about the pick-and-roll being open every time in the first half…)
“We did a good job moving the ball. We had some great drives and when they (the Wizards) were closing the lane our outside shooters made shots. We played great offense and defensively we made some mistakes, but in the second half we did better.”

(When asked his thoughts on T.J. Ford retiring…)
“It’s a tough decision, but it’s the right decision. He has been a great teammate. I’ve known him since he’s been in the NBA. We always talked and we’ve always had a relationship. It was very sad when he told me in the locker room three days ago. I was very sad for him, but at the same time he has a wife and kids and basketball becomes small. There’s a lot of life left for him and I think he’s making the right decision. I wish him luck and I wish him a lot of great things in the future.”

(When asked if T.J. Ford will be missed in the line-up…)
“Definitely, T.J. was a solid point guard. He was a starter in this league and it was a bonus to have him as a back-up. It’s going to be hard to replace him.”


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Tim Duncan

(When asked about his dunk to pass Clyde Drexler on the all-time scoring list…)
“(Jokingly) Clyde Drexler dunk, yeah that was my plan all along. It worked out perfectly and that’s how it goes.”

(When asked why he has looked so spry the last couple week…)
“I feel good. I’ve felt good all season long. I’m just getting into position to where I can finish around the basket. It’s a combination of both, maybe more one then the other, but I’ll take it.”

(When asked it looks like the guards are finding you a little bit more…)
“It seems so. The reason obviously is Tony (Parker) is playing great. He’s making all the right decisions. We have great shooters on the perimeter, which opens it up in the middle for me. They have to respect our shooters and respect Tony and I’m the other guy.”


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Randy Wittman

(On the overall game…)
“We fought hard. We can’t have a first half from a defensive stand point until we get committed defensively for 48 minutes. That’s what it boils down to. That’s what gets a team like this. We obviously had our hands full. I think Parker is playing as well as anybody in the league right now. Obviously, he is a tough cover and I understand that, but we just allowed him to get to the rim time after time. We need to get everybody committed to not worrying about offense because we are scoring enough points. We need to get the commitment defensively for 48. I thought the second half was a little bit better, but you can’t wait until the second half. You can’t wait until you are down while on the road against a team like this.”

(On the Spur’s assists…)
“They moved the ball as well as anybody. I think they are number one in the league in assists. You saw it tonight. They pass the ball, they move, and then Tony can create if need be and get into the paint. He probably led them in points in the paint tonight and usually that’s not the case. ”

(On Andray Blatche’s positive performance after conditioning…)
“I thought so. I thought he got into a little bit of a rhythm there. He just has to continue to work and condition. He has to get his conditioning up. He gets tired and his legs get tired. You can see that as his minutes on the court go up. ”


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John Wall

(On how tough it is to adjust to the Spurs defense…)
“They did a great job of going under screens and I missed a couple jump shots. It took me a while to get my rhythm going but they do a great job helping. You basically have to score off transition against the Spurs because when they are set, they are one of the best defensive teams in the league.”

(On the Wizard’s defense…)
“We know we can score as a team because we have a lot of scorers. It just depends on if everybody’s shot is going down on that given night but until everybody is committed as a team defensively; it’s not just the guards, it’s just not the big guys, it’s everyone. We have no help on the weak side, not closing out on shooters. They basically scored anytime they wanted to until we started to play defense in the second half but we can’t wait until the second half to start playing defense against a great team like the Spurs, especially here at the AT&T Center.”

(On the play of Tony Parker and what can be learned from watching Tony play…)
“It’s tough to learn from him because it’s different. They run a lot of pick and rolls and get him moving and they move him a lot to get the defense off balance. Tony (Parker) then gets into the paint and attacks the big guys and he has been hitting his jump shot, so just like any other guard in the league when a guard is hitting their outside shot they are tough to guard.”


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JaVale McGee

(Thoughts on the game tonight and the Spurs rhythm…)
“They moved the ball well and they were knocking down their threes, so we really couldn’t do anything about that.”

(On what JaVale can learn from a game like this…)
“We just have to get better on defensive individually and as a team. We just need to help each other out on defense and when we get that down, we will be fine.”

(On what they can do on the rest of their road trip…)
“We have to come out aggressive in the first and second quarter and stay consistent in the third and fourth. Like I pointed out earlier, we must play better team defense.”


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