D-Will: We didn't want to go fishing
April, 29, 2013
By Mike Mazzeo | ESPNNewYork.com
Anthony Gruppuso/USA TODAY SportsDeron Williams scored 23 points on Monday night at Barclays to help the Nets force Game 6.Deron Williams said the Nets didn't need any extra motivation following their heartbreaking triple-overtime loss to the Chicago Bulls.
But interim coach P.J. Carlesimo found some anyway.
And it had nothing to do with his team’s 14-point collapse with less than three minutes remaining in Game 4.
“As a team we just watched the clip of the guy calling us 'heartless and gutless,' ” Williams said following the Nets’ 110-91 rout of the Bulls in Game 5 on Monday night at Barclays Center.
Carlesimo had his team watch the clip, which appeared on television at halftime of Game 4, on Monday morning.
In the clip, the Chicago Sun-Times reporter being interviewed said the Bulls wanted to face the Nets in the first round because they privately felt that Brooklyn was “gutless” and “heartless,” and therefore could be exposed in close games in the fourth quarter as a result.
The reporter also dissed D-Will, saying he doesn’t finish games as he should and tends to lose focus.
“We don’t even know who that is,” said Williams, who finished with 23 points and 10 assists.
Quite a response, huh?
“We didn’t need that. That’s not why. That had nothing to do with it. We laughed about it,” Williams said laughing, while mixing in a bit of sarcasm.
“P.J. wanted us to watch it. And after it was over, we were like, that’s it? What are we supposed to do now? ‘Ah! We’re mad!’”
Williams added: “We wanted to win this game for us and our fans to extend our season. We didn’t want to go fishing, [and] be on TNT with the hats on.”
Will the Nets watch the clip prior to Game 6 on Thursday night?
“Maybe,” D-Will laughed. “Maybe that’s going to be our theme.”