“We have to play each possession like it’s our last possession. The mental approach is a little different now. It’s been a tough season for all of us. Now, they’re playing for something.”
-Coach Mike Woodson after last night’s win over the Cleveland Cavaliers
Harris DeckerTell me I’m reading too much into this quote, but I’m a little concerned. I’d like to ask a follow up to this question. First, why is the mental approach different now? Second, why is the team just now ‘playing for something?’ It boggles my mind that it took falling 12 games out of first in the Atlantic Division and over four games back of a playoff berth to start ‘playing for something.’ Shouldn’t coaches be able to motivate their teams every night? The way this came out look really bad for Woodson. Sure he’s trying and he’s actually winning. But to say that the team is ‘playing for something’ with just a handful of games left to play is completely unacceptable.