“I just told the team that is was a great team win. I was really proud of the fact that we maneuvered some guys a little more than usual. I brought Shabazz [Napier] off the bench not knowing if he could play or not. I inserted Roscoe [Smith] at the three and he was phenomenal. Pinkston had 13 points, but it was an expensive 13. I think he took 17 shots to get it, so I was really happy with that.
“I thought Ryan Boatright did a terrific job defensively. Shabazz played [Dominic] Cheek and for the most part played him pretty well. Andre Drummond was blocking shots and had 11 rebounds and was a monster. Alex [Oriakhi] came in and gave us two key baskets that were really important. … I thought No. 3 was just okay tonight. [joking]”
On Napier’s winning shot: “I set the play up for him. (again, joking) … No, but he does that. He has done it in high school and he has done it here. He is really good when he feels it. When he is on, he can pull up from any place. The one problem playing in the pro arena is you have the pro line so you get a little confused from that. He was a good three or four feet off the line at least.
“I want Jeremy to continue to shoot. He’s a jump shooter. He doesn’t go to the rim that much, although he did go to the rim a few times tonight. For him to score, he may have to take 20 shots. You may go 9 for 13 some nights, but some nights you may go 10-for-20. And that opens up the floor other things.”
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