"Winning Can Heal All"
Al Horford sat as his locker after Friday’s practice and his statement was simple: “Winning can heal all.”
Horford said it will a smile, probably knowing that the “winning” is not always simple or easy. His point was that doing the right things and making the right plays is great, but if it doesn’t produce a win then frustration mounts. On the flip side, everyone feels good after a win, even if the path to victory wasn’t pretty.
“I’m a believer in that,” said Al. “You’re doing things right but your not winning, and then all of sudden you win and it’s all good.”
Head Coach Larry Drew echoed Horford’s sentiments that confidence and attitude are key as the team moves toward the playoffs.
“I’m not going to let ’em get down,” said Drew. “I mean, we’ve had a rugged month of March, and this is no time to get down. We just have to come out and take it one game at a time. We have to go out there and play the game the way it’s supposed to be played. Play it with passion and play it with heart. There’s no secrets about that at this time of the season. We’re still in a great position. It’s up to us.”
Thoughts on New Jersey
MARVIN WILLIAMS – (On Brook Lopez) “He’s a big boy man. He’s a big boy and a good player. He definitely knows how to use his body, he knows how to score the basketball. I’m sure our coaches will come in tomorrow with a good game plan against him and we have to try and go out there and execute it to the best of our ability.”
JOE JOHNSON – “They’re a different team now, with acquiring Deron Williams so it’s definitely going to be a different look. Lopez is a load on the block, so we definitely need to help out bigs.”