Thanks for all the love. It really means a lot to have passed muster with you guys. Just a couple notes, and we’ll get to the game.
1) Mario West is going to dress tonight. Zaza Pachulia is at home with flu symptoms, so Mike Woodson won’t have to sit anyone to see what “Greasy,” as he’s known, can do. As you can imagine, West was pretty fired up about getting an opportunity.
2) Mo Evans may not play. His wife is delivering their first child. Woodson didn’t know where things stood when we talked to him, around 5:40.
3) I asked Woodson about playing zone against the Celtics, particularly how much they’ve played it in the past and this year.
“We played (some) zone last year. Probably the year before we played zone a lot. It’s kind of shrunk over the last couple years but two years ago, we played zone a lot. That won us a lot of games. Last year, we played it some. Mainly, we tried to play it in back-to-back games where you kind of, instead of chasing guys a lot, it kind of bought us some time to keep guys strong towards the end of the game. But against the Celtics, our coaches suggested zone and we went with it. It was nice to see because it kind of caught them a little off guard.”
“We’ve played zone a few times this season.”
Is there a particular reason you haven’t used it as much?
“It’s a long season. As the season wears on, we’ll probably start playing some more of it when we get time to practice and really work at it. It’’s easy to do with the guys that have been here, our starters, because they know it. But we did it with Jamal (Crawford) on the floor the other night, and it was pretty good.”
As requested, UGA’s Travis Leslie’s dunk against Kentucky.
If you missed the link posted in the comments, an si.com story about Jamal Crawford.