Smart: '31 assists. That tells the story right there'
Keith Smart says his teammates were pulling for each other in the Kings' win against the Blazers.
-- a question about. 23 games ago when -- team look like they've -- family you know you. They've always done it. You know just that game it looked like really care about he's. Always done -- -- there. There's sort of pressed up. Where does number one thing was 31 -- It tells a story right now is making shots with 31 assists -- his group. After everything we've been through over the last couple days wouldn't pull together. You know let yesterday's practice was kind of you know hodgepodge put together did you try to. Create something whereby -- what was going on so the fact they put it all aside. In the practice morning put together. And we -- and our game plan for tonight's game and now they came -- performed a real sluggish a little bit that happens. But obviously they put it all together and the bench came in guys play well everybody one and won -- hasn't played -- menace and so excited for. All the guys they came in saw the -- obvious when you're winning a game. There was a -- mentioned that happens you know. When you lose the game. Eagle Colorado league you'll look up to chance there's so much you make a run when you get beat various own teams objection so. Our guys really what I think they were really genuinely pulling for each other to succeed tonight and now I thought it was great to these guys overall that is going on. The -- still played together played the right way did everything that boosted your game plan said to do. -- when they made mistakes are mistakes feel trying to follow the game plan. And if it wasn't -- -- -- what I do quickly is a move to next game get ourselves ready go to the same process. -- coaching staff does a great job individually with the players in the group will. Players taken to their film nights opponent what they're gonna see would against an opponent. So we've got a great go keep our guys mentally full assault was gonna happen now would take -- court is different story. But as for the locker room pregame and in those guys really go out and play his remained the same Hamels. That. -- -- We'll just keep doing undue criticism and try to do that because it got -- -- -- guys -- making shots and you got to shoot. You know you can be a great running team but it could not make an open shot when you get them and -- there -- of the part about the NBA you start getting bodies back. Things are changing and not a gaggle who no role. You know that's a tough part about coaching in the NBA when you don't have clear cut. Stars on the team you know we don't have wanted to sink clear cut stars. But our I do know that I show these guys all the time that you know you got to make shots and you guys take shots in the area you a couple of nights ago. We team put his own laws one asset to a player that's in my game upset. And I always show these guys are number competent problem and I said you know it is a thing of the game. And the front realize OK so -- look at them down the line but obviously we got to enjoy it right now there is certain guys are filtering back in. You know what worked from there -- almost went on that until that happens. Well it must have been real -- you must have very bad important you know. But I see a young man is not a guy on our team that works every day doesn't complain that it was tonight. Just two cases in that -- situation tonight where. I was doing put him back in the game and rightly say coach John is playing well obviously you know in another situation where are going to play for him. And he said hey let's -- -- isolation that he doesn't stand Tyler right now. But he still try to get him isolation play available in -- would have to take the shot he would have been okay we've -- more drew. But Travis has been a guy work every day not always student true veteran because he's coaching as long as well as play. Let me share with would be -- -- only -- I had done here done in my previous police. Was have they gone before you guys who've been through parts of -- red boxes on the floor for Christmas this red boxes. And now is to give back his -- starts prior to that carry that mention that to me and I was planning on doing that again when we get our we you know Floyd's summer. And and he's so he's thinking the game to -- one -- biggest problem that we haven't is spacing you we got to get back to the right kind of space. And so he keeps himself involved in the game although when he's in when you now plan. Whatever process are with him last year and got a chance to start coaching -- -- -- against him real pretty much all the time from being down those plays. I didn't have a chance to know exactly what I wanted to start working with him on to get to see what -- worked on I think with the rate. Got to slow his -- down and when he gets a little sideways you know we know he's in his mind's racing. But overall. The guy has been a good place to be worked hard every day he runs on the revised conditioning. He didn't he what they should run this morning and I hear the end of his -- on the weather a little bit so he didn't make it here he he still was not himself today. But nevertheless he got on the floor and played hard. Being consistent great ball over you like some of the mistakes he made with his passes -- -- floor. Was just uncharacteristic of him you know on this team that a little rusty from that you round not be an issue -- -- Yeah. It. Oh yeah get in guys make shots in the past and -- it and always help. But I think it at that moment we could add some again to our team always look at personnel most looking at. What play can work against this basketball team though while we don't play and then from there. Guys have to make -- past you know just sort of an open floor up. Which assured them is not your Campbell one on one and two occasion we did that start mess around the ball. Is for you to get into the paint. And make the play and we -- making two plays one that Chuck Hayes and and one that Thomas Robinson layup on the basket and into place and some government shooters. So if they can just keep buy into that part of it -- -- open floor up the floor at the ball is after you score when you have the ball get into the military. That's a lasting you wanna do. You wanna make it did -- teammates and those teammates made some plays tonight.