PTRW #3

“PLAYERS PLAY. TOUGH PLAYERS WIN.”

-Tom Izzo

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PTRW #2

“THE LESS MOTIVATED AND LESS DETERMINED WEED THEMSELVES OUT.”

-Chuck Daly

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PTRW #1

“YOU’RE ENTITLED TO ABSOLUTELY NOTHING IN THIS GAME.”

-Doc Rivers

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TIME AND POSSESSION

We talk about it all the time.

Know the score. Know the time.

Last night Michigan State played Northwestern. Spartans point guard Cassisus Winston turned the ball over. Head coach Tom Izzo took him out of the game. Note, it’s not the first time this has happened in 2016.

What did the coaching staff tell Winston?

“Just time and possession,” Winston said of Izzo’s message, “and I should be smarter not to make those kind of decisions in that time. … I gotta be smarter, because the ball’s going to be in my hands.”

Izzo put the freshman back in the game.

Nothing wrong with taking a player out after a mistake and telling him what they did wrong.

Call it a “teaching moment.”

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STARTER OR SUB?

Everyone makes a big deal out of starting. Some dislike coming off the bench. Here’s Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo on the subject.

“Starting is overrated. The most important part of the game is the end. It’s how much you play and how good you play.”

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ALFRED HORFORD

You make the right play, you make the game easy. We have a chance if we keep playing the right way.

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COMPETE

Jimmy Butler, Chicago Bulls:

“We have competitors; fierce ones at that. Guys are fighting. Guys come out every night and hustle”

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