Smart: 'Of all the people to get a win against, we were happy with that'
Keith Smart says they key to beating the Lakers was getting back to the basics.
You know I was pleased veto the win and we'll -- -- -- get a win against I think we were happy with that but you know went back -- -- until these guys were -- to go to -- Focus on what we set our goals out this year and I won't waver from that we gonna keep working every day and we did that the last couple days of practice. And you know and -- a change not going to change a panic or drop our kids we've got to keep. Stain on the court that we try to -- we gonna have some bombs we understand that but overall we are gonna listen to the outside we hear it but we want to focus on. That group within his organization. Where we're trying to go and I think our guys did that obviously. You know what questions -- -- a couple of days ago what's the morale like unless you're in their locker room. In our practice every day in our film session. You don't know our team is doing and you can't buy into what you may see -- try to create. You know we know what he's got to do every day we have consistently doing their pre practice shooting -- consistently doing their post practice shooting. -- film session they are staying the course and that's what we are gonna do here. Obviously I swim a lot and that's because equipment ray came to my house last night that's why I love it. Like a father -- cable last night we watched a game and talk basketball and he cooked. And put some some spices up and because it was kind of had -- day. Oh well. -- that. The other. We you know I was the our team went -- world you know we went -- coming back off the road. Played two game we felt we don't track we were on track we end up losing a couple players we had -- personal issue wouldn't want my players and go all of the death in the family. Illness we -- was going on there that -- -- it was hard for our young team. How we play basketball to recover from that. -- slowly we got a chance to get a couple days so we're get a chance to go back to -- we went back to how we get these training camp where our defense and what our offense and try to speed the pace a little bit and that I had their views a new line up and try to get that group. To -- -- that I got to get the group off the bench because they've been repositioned to sell them again so that's why. You know I tickle games at 5101520. See where we are. And now -- so we removing my town we got to five I thought maybe something change and I was I got to nine games and change for the ten game and I saw some positive there. And -- -- course -- moved his game here and so we did everything we need to do in his game but more importantly what we did this not about the basketball not about. Who make shots who scored. It was all about this group. Staying together and and in the fighting for the cause of our basketball team. And which they all came together for me Francisco I get you -- -- -- our team that should be man and a plane. And that's Francisco. Outlawed it and course and Jim from time to time. Outside I -- play and I thought sisco did a great job. With a beat engage in a basketball game Helton and that's with team is all about you know why are these guys want to play I know that and we can't get them all in the game play. But that's what team is all about that's what we preach all this time. Is going to be some oil tonight I gained these next couple -- -- games that we have. You -- a lot of that second unit in the second half where did you think of their performance like this interview was great this is that we remove the basketball. They follow the game plans -- is what we wanted to do our spacing and where our players don't and the locals need to be -- -- played off for a guy there. They pushed the pace of the game and obviously Marcus -- made some great shots Tyreke Evans filled the sheet up. And you don't DeMarcus Cousins came in played within the confines of the game was in foul trouble I thought you know. Couple nights -- would rather than like again but tonight he did the right things still hold a key position in the game. And he just went down with some our whole team was a -- game this because almost got a great job. On the team but we pushed the ball like we cable pushing finally get radio shot. In this depleted team -- team had a chance to play against. Coach can you talk a little about the performance of Chuck Hayes and Jason Thompson against -- within the best big men in the world but you know. What sometime you played as a team for so many times got good rhythm of playing against -- -- I was we've played this team so meantime the pre season. And of course now moved through the season. They've got a good gotten a good rhythm a playmaker and that's so much you play and wants and you don't see him again for a week or two weeks they've had a good steady diet of how -- -- guys so tremendous study. Film to how they don't play those guys I thought. The strength of our team chuck -- I had gotten in great shape you know. Equipment corporation in dance crew do some excellent things with him get him in shape he's got some nice things -- around the basket. -- trust him those shots that he has and Jason -- was a worker Jason. Ran the floor. -- a rebound move the basketball would have to be moving didn't keep his hand to try to make a play. He did what what we thought what I saw him do it all last year and that's why. And our fill of again because he's a great great glue guy fourteen -- -- in the right direction. What's the biggest difference you saw your team tonight compared to what they were doing this -- games they didn't chip a ball. They everyone wanted to be hero when once you get us out of a slump and then when that didn't happen they got frustrated. You know so obviously what they did tonight was moved the ball they used to pace of the game. To help them now it's no play for one guy if you wanna run you don't get a division to the ball. But I thought overall defense will be how they collapse in the paint. You know we went back to of the evens itself we've had to protect the paint and in scramble out. And I thought that that really help these guys I think this team is team where you got to reinforced. You can't go three days do buildings over Portland to its 2001. Coach a lot of these guys talked about not having plan on a lot of energy during the losing streaks they always get up for you know. The marquis and obviously I didn't get this to transfer with them. Friday night you talked to keep this energy. Consistent I don't know -- we don't read redirect of schedule one -- you Lakers and every big team in Miami the whole year. Obviously. We can explain knew it all last year making eighteen came in we played well go to -- player would play well I can't explain I don't know. But I do believe that comes with your leadership of team. And your team grows and understand the pace that they had placed on -- game off. I think that's when you get today when you look at some elite team to come into play and fast -- alphabet they try to set -- tone. Because team experience get more experience they can start to understand that as he had more experienced players -- your team. Then you sort of see the importance of the game I guess this place that it will play basketball. Biggest play they don't those times this goal the play. They just play. You know. But the experience factor will get there at that point to where. They can understand how important is to start the game -- that's how you get your fans excited about what you do. What are you start off they had every right over those let the league games we had to bullets we had every right. There right united to support his team -- needed. You start -- the game with Evans and perhaps. Out of Brooks hit a few things that are -- talk about his plate and I knocked out there and has me to do things gets me to shoot the basketball in the axis of the free throw shooter. You know discussion a lot of this year so far but I -- this week and you'll experience and now you we we. Tweaked something Dolphins to spread the floor out. Which now gave him more lanes to get to the basket. And I thought Tyreke -- great -- not settling so those two guys. Obviously I wanna have Tyreke on the floor basically what he's doing defense going to be a tough order to try and guard Kobe or our -- at times. But I knew that was important to have him on the floor. Johnson of the guide it with his unsung hero in this group as well has come back and now he's playing the way. When the trade was made him play and now he has that. I thought -- back courts of its own small what was the -- because you could go to charity. And -- to make plays for himself -- -- the team about that that perimeter guys group of guys did great. Inside guys did -- of the missiles do rebound on the floor I thought the team. How the vision of this team and how I see -- play how. They're capable player now. On sustainability. Can you maintain that and keep carrying that that's what we're gonna drive you just hope we don't have too much Turkey now in an envelope there in those leagues but I think. They see how they can play and we we showed film of how we have been playing. How we played the Lakers in pre season game at their place you know what our whole team was intact and and maybe some of that paid off tonight. Coach. Amuse me in the first quarter of the starters struggle you what can you do the second unit usually brings energy and get you back into the game yes so. Oh what can you do to make sure that it happens at the beginning of the day I have yet to see a game lost in the first quarter. Okay Cessna one and number two your bench is what helps you win games in the regular season. You'll start as close the deal when you playoffs so I don't get too caught up in the start of the game always is -- the game and get away from us. Because if your bench is wrong and you think of the garbage is -- probably have some proven guys and in second unit embarked on being one of they can make up a lot of ground or give you cushion. You know so the bench and is so important to achieve. Based on your stars are gonna do what they do and they're gonna keep the game close. Try to equal out the star of the road team. And I've been -- -- match over with we -- Kobe but you try to just find somewhere what you can keep that thing even. Many of you bids come in play for and that's what -- -- -- and that's our bench has done all year they had a couple setbacks because I had to change a lineup. So that those guys got to find their roles in the second line up with the second unit come into the game and how they played there. You can't coach in the in the Hawks game. They can show six foul shots in the first three quarters and and then the fourth quarter it. Change is usually reverse that -- and in this game was only 5000 that's the first three quarters I I'm not sure what the numbers were in fourth in order to -- to -- Can you comment on that like with what's happening in the those first record is what changes and someone. I'm not moaning and is that because that's a call that I felt I felt we did get hit sometimes but sometimes I see things they'll do with a we took the ball in the basket and you know we we really to get some -- also we got to be a bonus pretty early as well. So we were able to get to they took -- to detect a touchy files on the perimeter. While we were in the bonus that helps again that's why you wanna start -- quarters. Fast getting to the basket because I used to be -- to shoot a lot of free throw some bodies they have two guys at shot a lot of free throws throughout their careers and now. And Howard and Brian. So that's what happened on every given night you look around they don't have Boise street built for the most part. But our guys have chosen not to settle for jump shots but we did a good job trying to drive the ball to the basket and not -- rumor. You don't use all the too that we work these guys with every day. Getting into the paint after we did a great job of getting into the paint forced defense to react one way move the ball somewhere else and then probably gonna fall got a good job with that. You know but I was just trying to get to the line this is 25 times a game for us as we want you have between 530. Some -- -- a few free throws here but that's a goal every night now honestly we don't settle for a lot of jump jump are about to regret.