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    Game 26 (Wizards 118, Warriors 109): In His Own Words, The Don Nelson Edition

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    These are the times I’m glad I’m not on the beat any more. Here’s almost the entirety of Don Nelson’s post-game presser:

    Don Nelson (opening statement, joined in progress): . . . down in the fourth quarter, we just had some unforced turnovers and missed free throws and just really did ourselves in with about three unforced turnovers. I don’t know what the problem was; it was pretty simple stuff we were running — a guy looking the wrong way, just doing silly things in the fourth quarter. Especially at home, when you need to be good in the fourth quarter, we just weren’t. And Arenas (had an) unbelievable performance tonight. We really keyed our defense on him; it sounds strange, but we blitzed him at every turn, and his greatness was just overwhelming tonight. So congratulations to him, for sure. Any questions?

    Q: Coach, did your team execute defensively on Gilbert as well as you would have liked?
    DN: Every time we made a defensive error — of which there were plenty to go around — he just burned us. When we did it right, we contained him like we wanted to. But even then, in the fourth quarter, he found a hole in our defense even though we were doing it properly and attacking him. He was very Nash-like, as far as holding his guy off, being under control and still making us pay the price for the coverage. Again, I have such a young team, when a player does that, you have to attack him with a blitz man, certainly not play soft on him. Go steal the ball, knock it out of there. You can’t let good players be around the paint with a live dribble. You just can’t do it. But, again, our young players allowed that to happen. That hurt us several times, but for the most part, the guy was sensational. What can I tell ya? . . . Anything else?

    Q: What’d you think of Curry’s game?
    DN: Well, I thought he was really solid tonight. He’s been good for a long time, but . . . He’s playing with confidence, and that’s good to see. It’s not just the scoring. He’s one of the leaders in the league in steals, and he’s a pretty good defender. He does a lot of things. Look at his rebounding tonight. When I really needed my smalls to rebound, he stepped up and did that, really went after the ball. Pretty gutsy performance by him. I was very pleased. I have no complaints. I wish we would have played a little better in the fourth quarter, but even that wouldn’t have ensured a win. Thank you for showing up.

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