Jackson: Defense was the difference
Rookie C Festus Ezeli didn't play like a rookie on Wednesday.
That's pretty good basketball team with some of big time weapons. Made adjustment. At times we tried to get the ball. KD's hands. -- miss some shots to. Home. But has great effort by us. So we just we battled. Made multiple effort plays we made adjustments. Situation like first half we're asking in office azalea. -- professional reads sometimes you forget to diseases. You know his fortieth. 41 game of the of the year sorts. It's an adjustment when you played great I think overall our defense responded in the second half they shoot 56%. First have to shoot 36% in the second half. Part of that is they missed shots but also part of that is we defended at a at a at a high level. But. Now. And humbly submit that those two very good basketball teams. But we said all along we're not going anywhere. And it was not going to be a measuring stick for us we know who we are exactly who. And we're not all rest on this. Every game -- the Clippers and a -- off you know coming up. We have to prepare we have to be ready we have to be focused. And that gives us a chance to beat anybody so there's no surprise. -- But at that time we wanted to get to bought the ranch hands or at least make him take tough shots so we committed two guys total. Actually just finished I watched a lot and and just finished watching it again. Just a great read by step because Westbrook is no little further out. It's staff anticipated the play got back and pitch and as we talk about my multiple effort plays he was on Westbrook initially got back into the play. That's a good defense teams do best with a good defense of individuals do they made multiple effort plays and they make sure there in the mix. We are a very good basketball team. That's very all. As very committed. That I believe in each other and believe in the promise. And led by two all sorts. Well anybody wants to acknowledge it or not we're claiming that. I did a great job. David is seventeen double Dutch -- a ten game of the season. Beat everybody. In basketball. I thought early on in Mississippi's. But he continued to grind. Continued to battle. And made plays. Sure why he deserves it being used. Toss call it 25 minutes to put up the numbers he put up to be a force in the paint to rebound the basketball to defend. To set great screens capitals guys did a great job of setting the tone for us and taken pressure off of staff and our perimeter guys. From carried us all night long. You know you don't realize who you're impacting. When you're going through it. As an 1112 year old kid watches his dad's team made -- full. I tell you what they'll. The way he's playing. That's all you want cannot middle of the -- it. Put braces on anybody or chains on anybody I want these guys -- -- -- a lot of now for. And he's earned a right to dance. -- employees is special player. -- -- -- Well. -- Did you go to Vanderbilt. OK for a -- but. Though -- -- told on yourself well and dresses really is a big time player. And I don't think the stat sheet doesn't any justice the impact that he has on the basketball will. How disruptive he was at times. Double. Contesting shots rebounding setting. Screens on Westbrook and Durant. He is the guy we fell in love with watching them on tape in college he is -- got it came in and worked out for us in the pre draft camp. And give them credit. You know even it may sound crazy but whoever's deciding the rookie sophomore game we got two rookies announced on line. And win eleven games or 500. He should disregard. Any numbers that they have and understand that these guys are playing winning basketball. It's incredible. It's incredible so thank you mr. Vanderbilt for relies. -- I don't pay attention to -- really don't. You know I treated sand wedge shoot everything and let the facts I understand. Why somebody would pick us thirteenth in the Western Conference this offseason. I understand why people would question. How good stuff curry is I understand how people would say David Lee is a stat sheet stuffer and he's number one. I understand the question marks. But I just don't pay attention to in my team does not -- touched so. People are doing their jobs as experts to pay attention. But the biggest thing you gotta pay attention to a committed group of guys that love each other love the game of basketball and -- sold out. To the call. -- -- -- Well he's a former teammate of mine. And please tell me Twitter world what you watch. It goes what he's doing me no favors. Tell you the the exchanges this. Happy birthday because his birthday. The exchanges also. They -- work and called us for delayed again delayed game call last year that cost us down the stretch. As as as my player. Was basically. Rebounding the basketball out of the foul foul shot cost -- the game. So tweet that. I love the guy but -- in tomorrow -- -- I've Noll and believe it not as -- reason. In this league plenty of whom I've known -- long -- they would work. Seventeen years in this league and I would guess at least seven before I even -- it would work. So I mean Kamal we won a game. I checked the numbers of games of these workers medical work as. I guess we'll go down yeah. And warm there also has stopped. Not think we've already had it. That was the problem that that we had in the past. We know a lot of close out games and I told my team to the beautiful thing about tonight is. It would have been great if stepped curry knocked down one of those threes. And people go crazy and all the sudden we're up 45 and the game is over. But the special thing about it is. We missed the shot and we had to win the game on the defense of men and we -- we were committed. We buckled up and we got the stops that we need. That's Warriors basketball. But. -- I'm I have no answers for manageable or question I know I know what he was in the past. And I know I could help us and we look forward to and one day coming back. But the first thing for him is to continue to work workers tail off continue to rehab and then we'll embrace him when he's healthy and on the floor. I don't think anybody thought we were championship team. We are no limit team that's tied together and excited about what the future holes. We are no limit team with a without Andrew Bogut the sky's the limit that we continue to battle compete and be tied in together. We feel we can beat anybody and if we don't. Feel we can lose anybody. -- Can you imagine to be made some of those open threes I don't think you would talk to me tomorrow. It was just just great I thought it was very aggressive. He was in an attack hole look to make place he played what confidence and a belief. That set all stall. So on just a great -- all.