The Warriors crushed the Wizards by 31 points on Monday, and when the beating was finished, Golden State’s Marreese Speights had some harsh words for his freshly-trounced opponents.
“We just turned up a little,” Speights said of Golden State’s defense to reporters following the win. “We knew if we hit them, if we got a couple stops they would start arguing with each other and quit. We went out there with a good mindset in the second half and we did it.”
A couple of days later, Wizards head coach Randy Wittman wasn’t exactly ready to accept those remarks.
“That’s his opinion. We have to worry about ourselves,” the coach said. “There is no splintering going on here. This is a frustrating game when you go 1 for 18 (in a quarter), trust me. That’s part of this game.
“I want them to have that spark, get on each other, push each other. That’s part of this game. If you don’t play with emotion, that’s not good.
“I don’t give a crap what Speights thinks. We played them twice. What’s he know.”
Wittman wasn’t at all angry when delivering his rebuttal, as you can see in the clip below.
But somewhat ironically, Wittman himself used the “q” word to describe what happened after a tough loss to the Pacers the very next night.
“We were supposed to trap the ball. We didn’t,” Wittman said, in describing his team’s final failed defensive possession. “We’re undisciplined. We blew that lead because of our gambling and giving no effort defensively. We just quit playing defensively.”