Bobcats coach Paul Silas has been on his players of late to talk more on defense, after several recent fourth-quarter mistakes threatened wins. From his days playing for the Celtics, Silas has always emphasized the importance of communication.
"You cannot play good defense unless you talk; it's an impossibility," Silas said.
"Changing habits are very difficult. It takes about 28 days of doing something different to change a habit. I have to mention it to them every day that we're not talking."
Silas cited three recent examples: Twice when players didn't switch defensively after specifically being told to do so in timeouts, and the disorganized way they defended a Miami play that sprung Eddie House for three quick 3-pointers
The players agree they need to communicate better, but as Silas said, this is about habit-building and that takes time.
"We can talk more on defense," said shooting guard Stephen Jackson. "And it's got to be all of us. Not three guys communicating and two guys doing their own thing."
BOBCATS 94, CELTICS 89: If ever there was a coming-of-age victory this was it. They played the second half without leading scorer Stephen Jackson, who was ejected, and the bench saved them. Shaun Livingston scored a season-high 18 points and Eduardo Najera (here only because of his guaranteed contract) made a huge 3-pointer late.
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