"When you get beat like that on the boards, you aren't going to beat many teams in this league. We just didn't compete today. We've been a team that has always been full of effort, and today we got outworked and I'm embarrassed."Josh Smith:
"Ben Wallace just outworked us today. It was a lack of effort on our part. We have to know that Ben is going to do that. It's kind of discouraging, because we had all our guys, and we knew how many key guys they had out, and we were not able to get the win."I won't argue that effort (Detroit's good, Atlanta's meh) was a significant factor in Detroit's dominance on the glass but a blanket statement about effort ignores that Detroit got some of those offensive rebounds because Atlanta's big men were making an effort to cover for their guards' defensive inadequacies.
This is what happens when a team wins: Chucky Atkins gets credit for providing a "calming influence." The man must be a veritable soothsayer to make up for his negative production (1-7 FGA, 1 turnover, -4 in 19:11).
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