March 29, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Washington Wizards Cartier Martin (20) brings the ball up court against the Indiana Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Indiana defeated Washington 93-89. Mandatory credit: Michael Hickey-US PRESSWIRE
On Cartier Martin (joking): "He's been here for two days not knowing what the hell we're doing. So I told him, 'Don't learn anything by Sunday.'"
On overcoming the bad finishes recently: "I just told them, 'Remember the good things.' It's alright to be disappointed, but let's not get where we lose sight of the good things that we're doing and how we're playing. I thought they did a good job of that tonight after last night in Indiana where we battled right down to the wire."
On injuries to Trevor Booker and Nene: "We're dealing with plantar fasciitis on both. That's always day to day. [Trevor Booker's] been in and out, played some. We just have to see. It's all about pain threshold, so we'll have to look at that each day."
On the improved defense: "Pick and roll [defense] was not very good for us early in the season. We got exploited. Since the trade, which then cultivated Kevin into getting more playing time, we've solidified that. That's really the main thing. I always thought if we could do that, you're not scrambling as much on the defensive end, getting into rotations, which makes things that much worse. When you don't have to do that, you can stay at home on your guy man to man, that calms things down from a defensive standpoint. So it's really solidified our pick and roll stuff. With Nene's experience, you can play it different ways; he's very intelligent in communicating. Kevin is very active, and Book is always good at that."
On what sets have changed this year: "A few things have changed, but for the most part, a lot of things are still the same. There are a lot of things we do that are the same as last year. But coach Wittman is a great coach, and he has confidence in me. He played me a lot of time last night and is giving me valuable minutes. Now I just got to do my job."
On not really knowing the plays yet: "They go over a few things before I go onto the floor, let me know what I'm supposed to be doing. So I have an idea. But at the end of the day, it's basketball. You go out and you play basketball. It's kind of like a pickup game. You know you've got a few things you got to know, and there's little organization out there. But for the most part, it's basketball. I'm confident in myself, and it's all about being smart on the floor and having your teammates' trust in you."
On how his game has improved: "Earlier this season, I went over to China, and it allowed me to handle the ball more. Being the main guy to go to, it allowed me to expand my game as far as ball-handling, passing, shooting, everything, choosing my shots. Those are some things I've learned that I've brought back over here."
On his injury: "I just popped my heel, so I just need to live day-by-day. I don't know how it'll feel tomorrow."
More on his injury: "Yeah, yeah. I had plantar fasciitis in Denver and I took a shot to work on my calf."
On Kevin Seraphin: "A lot of players improve a lot in different areas. For him, he's improved in the low post and he has a lot of confidence."
On Cartier Martin: "We know he can shoot the ball really well. It gives us another presence out there with [Roger Mason] that can make shots. He doesn't really know too many plays, but he just knows how to get to the spots and hit the open shots."
On the improved pick and roll defense: "Our bigs are doing a great job. It's both things. Our guards are now getting into them and the bigs are covering the space. It's tough to turn the corner on us. The bigs are doing a better job moving their feet since the trade, and [the guards] have done a better job getting into our guys and not giving up on plays."
On why there was no fourth-quarter collapse: "I think I was just not trying to break off plays. At times, we take shortcuts, and at times, I try to break off a play and penetrate. But tonight, we just did a better job of getting the ball to the right guys at the right time. Sometimes, we made tough shots and sometimes we made good plays."
On Cartier Martin: "He's improved a lot from last year. Now, he can create his own shots. Last year, he was just [taking] shots. Now, he can create his [own] shot."
On Jan Vesely: "He can read the game. He played really good. I like to play with him because he knows how to position himself, how to get in a good spot. I like to play with him."