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BOSTON BRUINS POSTGAME QUOTES

BOSTON BRUINS VS ARIZONA COYOTES
Saturday, February 28, 2015

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN POSTGAME PRESS CONFERENCE AT 8:30 PM
On who he thinks had a great performance today …
I think there were a lot of guys that had good performances, but you know we’ve been pretty pleased with those young guys that have come into our lineup – [Ryan] Spooner and obviously [David] Pastrnak – they were very good for us today. But I think considering the two games that we’ve played in less than 24 hours, I think everybody had a pretty good game today.

On knowing the Coyotes have been struggling and whether they were trying to get off to a good start…
Well I think there’s a lot of things – again, one thing that we say often is that we really kind of try to prepare ourselves right now. You know I said to the guys before the game ‘it’s not who we play, it’s how we play that matters right now from here until the end,’ and that’s the approach we have to take. We can’t afford to not be prepared for games like this just because of their record right now or what they’ve been going through. I think it’s important if we want to be in those playoff spots that we are a team that’s ready to play on a nightly basis, and we’ve got to gain as many points as we can. So I think there’s a lot of reasons for us not to take these kind of situations lightly, and I think our guys responded well.

On what he’s seen from Patrice Bergeron in the absence of David Krejci…
Well I think Patrice [Bergeron] is always a great player. I mean we always talk about him, because of what he brings – he brings the same effort night in and night out; he brings the same commitment to the game and the game plan night in and night out. So that’s what makes him such a good player. And you know at the same time, he steps up, like you said, in the absence of David Krejci by being the guy that you really lean on from start to finish. But having said that, you have to give credit to a guy like [Ryan] Spooner who’s come in and stepped in and made a difference too in our lineup as far as being able to bring some offense, producing, that kind of stuff has been refreshing, because when you lose a guy like David Krejci you lose a good portion of your offense as well.

On Milan Lucic, Ryan Spooner and David Pastrnak appearing to have chemistry on the ice tonight…
Yeah you know by playing together more and more it seems like they’re finding each other. I know they talk a lot on the bench – they get back and they talk about situations. So yeah to me basically it should be getting better all the time if they continue to take that approach. And again, I think Luc [Milan Lucic] has really done a good job of stepping in with two young guys and kind of being the father figure, if you want to put it that way, and making sure that these guys feel comfortable out there and capable of playing their game.

On having a few days off before the next game and making the most of practices and working with the younger guys…
Well there’s that, there’s also the rest factor as well. In my mind we’ve got a big month of March that’s coming up and you know when we play our first game on Thursday we’re going to have three and four and then it’s just going to go every second-day and some back-to-backs in there. So this is an opportunity to get some rest before this long stretch. And actually like you said, our practice time has to be well spent in the areas that we feel we need to work on. So it’s not a bad time – I know that sometimes teams say they want to keep playing, but I think this is going to be a welcome situation for us.

On changing the power play lines and what he thinks of their performances…
Well yeah I think the thing is: we’re spending a lot of time in the zone, and we’re getting chances and the only thing that we’re going to sit here and say is we wish we could maybe score a little bit more on it. But we scored a goal last night, we scored a goal tonight; our power play is producing and it’s certainly not taking any momentum away. But there’s going to be a time where our finish around or the breaks are going to come our way when it comes to that stuff – I think a couple of posts on the power play as well tonight – Spoons [Ryan Spooner] and Smitty [Reilly Smith]. So you know we’re doing a good job on our power play. So we’ve kind of mixed the guys up a little bit with Krech not there Spoons has kind of taken over his spot and he’s done a good job, and the other power play just seems to have found its groove there a little bit more where it hadn’t there in the first part of putting them together.


BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD MILAN LUCIC
On the chemistry on your line with Spooner and Pastrnak…
Yeah, we’ve been playing well since we’ve been put together here. Just talk about playing with confidence and playing with the pucka and also don’t forget we need to be strong defensively and that will turn into offensive chances. I think as a threesome we’ve done a really good job of that so far and I think you just stay the course. You can’t get over confident or cocky just because we’ve had a couple good games. We need to stay on top of our game to make sure it keeps going in the right direction.

On the strong performances from the young players recently…
Yeah definitely. When young guys come into the lineup, you hope that they bring some sort of excitement and obviously young legs, skating legs and stuff like that. I think all three of them [David Pastrnak, Ryan Spooner, Brian Ferlin] have been good for us, like I said, the last couple games and with the Chicago game. Like I said, the main thing with a young guy coming in, you want to feed off their excitement of being up here and the NHL and it’s good to see them playing with that and gaining more confidence as they’re playing more games.

On finishing the month with back-to-back wins…
Yeah obviously its nice to finish it, like you said, back-to-back wins, three out of the last four. Probably a couple there that we gave away where we could have had some more points. In saying that, I think our game is going in the right direction and I think that’s what we need to keep our focus on as our compete level and our commitment to playing the game plane that will keep giving us success.

On the feeling in the room knowing the trade deadline is soon…
I think right now we’re just enjoying the win but obviously with the trade dealing coming up it’s always expect the unexpected. Peter [Chiarelli] and the management group are going to do what they feel is best for the team and you’ve got to stick by his decision.

On Spooner finally getting that first goal under his belt and gaining confidence…
Well definitely there’s weight that comes off the shoulders when you finally get that first one. Sometimes you’re pressing a little too much to try to get that first one and everyone obviously dreams about scoring their first NHL goal so you hope by him getting that first, obviously a big OT winner, will help gain confidence in the goal scoring part of his game. He’s known more as a playmaker but when he gets opportunities to shoot he has the ability to bare down, so hopefully with the monkey off his back getting that first one he can chip in with a few more.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD BRAD MARCHAND
On the team trending in the right direction…
Yeah, definitely. In the last few that we’ve lost we felt that we easily could’ve won, we outplayed them. It just seems when things are going wrong and you’re having a season like we’re having right now, you play good hockey and you still end up with a loss. There’s other years like last year where you don’t always play your best but you always seem to find a way to win. We’re very happy with how we’re progressing and we’re turning the corner and we’re playing good hockey right now. We’re going to continue to build on it and continue to be better.

On Antoine Vermette saying he did not want to be traded…
No, when you’re on a team you feel like family and you feel like home. I think he has a family and stuff, you don’t want to pull them out of their environment where they’re used to. It’s always tough to be traded. I think the only team you would only want to be is if you end up winning the Cup. He’s in a tough situation, but that’s what happens when you’re a free agent.

On playing a game that didn’t come down to the last minute…
Yeah it was. We’re very happy that we got out to a big lead there. Sometimes you tend to play not your best hockey when that happens, but it is a lot nicer than having to battle down to the last second.

On how much the team needs the youthful energy from Ryan Spooner, David Pastrnak, and Brian Ferlin…
It’s huge for our team right now. It’s something we were missing all year, different guys came up and they didn’t seem to have that. These guys that are up right now, they’re playing hard, they’re playing for spots and they’re looking really good. We need that youthful energy, it gets the guys excited, it gets the older guys going, it gets them more into the game and we feed off that energy. We’ve needed it and it definitely helps us right now.

On being the young guy once…
Yeah, it’s a weird spot to be in where I don’t feel like I’m the young guy anymore. Now I feel like I need to say we need guys like that coming in. But it’s true. You have guys on your team that are full of life and energy, even off the ice in the room it gets guys going, it brings emotion to the team and that’s what we need.

On if the team needs help at the deadline…
We’ve got a good team in here. We believe in this group of guys. It’s part of the game when guys move around and guys come in and out. Regardless of what happens we’re gonna remain confident within our team. We can beat any team in this league on any given night. We know that, especially when our team’s healthy. If someone comes in, great. If they don’t, then that’s great too. We’re gonna work with what we have and do the best we can.


On Patrice Bergeron elevating his game with David Krejci out…
Yeah, Bergy, he just seems to have another level any time there’s some kind of adversity or he’s called upon to do a little extra. He always seems to respond. We need that from him, that’s why he’s our best player. It’s definitely a reason why we’re winning games right now.

On how Bergeron makes him a better player…
There’s too many ways to really explain it. Just the way he’s been able to help me improve, he reads off me so well, he allows me to make plays and he’s always in the right position for me and he knows how to read me the right way. Whenever I need an out he’s always right there, he’s always there to back me up. He’s obviously a phenomenal finisher and a phenomenal playmaker. We’ve grown to the point where we know where each other are. You see little things like that two-on-one tonight. I knew he was coming the whole time, I was just waiting for it and I knew I had to put myself in a spot to get it and he’d make it to me. It’s just little things like that where we’ve built that chemistry and it works.

On knowing where Bergeron will be…
Yeah, you see every single game we have that play a couple times, where I get in the corner and he’s in the slot. I know he’s gonna be there every time I look up and he finds a way to get open. It’s little things like that that allow us to continue to make plays and score goals.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN MATT BARTKOWSKI…
On how he felt during today’s game…
I felt good the whole time.

On the importance of a quick start when playing a team that’s struggling…
Pretty important. Against any team, especially a team like that that really needs the point so if we can dishearten them at the beginning of the game then just carrying that through the rest of the game makes it a lot easier.

On his view toward having four days off…
I don’t know. I mean it’s good to have some time off, I’m pretty indifferent about it. I can’t really do anything about it so there’s no reason to think about if I could change it I guess.

On seeing the level of play starting to rise…
Ever since the first ten minutes in the Edmonton game after that I thought we’ve been playing pretty well. And even in the Edmonton game, I mean we lost in a shootout and then continuing through the next few games there, we’re moving the puck better, we’re getting it deep, we’re putting more of a complete effort in too. We don’t have that ten minutes off every game I think that’s a big part of it.

On how big a factor the puck movement in defense is…
It’s big. We don’t let teams get set up defensively in their neutral zone, forward check, or whatever it is. So it tends to confuse them, makes us play quick. And if everybody’s playing quick and on the same page then we play well.

On if it’s a nervous time in the locker room with the upcoming trade deadline…
I don’t think so. I mean it’s not anything really we can control, so we don’t even really talk about it.

On how many times he’s been traded…
Six, seven [laughs]? I don’t know.

On if it phases him since he’s been through these things before…
No, I don’t even think about it. I haven’t thought about it from the beginning, I don’t think about it at all.

On Ryan Spooner, David Pastrnak, and Brian Ferlin…
It’s good. Guys come up from Providence do well, that’s where I came from, a lot of us came from. So it’s good to see them do well and each brings something different. Whatever they do they each do it well, too. It’s all stuff we could use and we’re using it right now and it seems to be going well.

BOSTON BRUINS GOALTENDER TUUKKA RASK
On if he is healthy…
Yeah I just had a stomach bug.

On if he thought it was good that he got to rest a game even though he was unhealthy…
Yeah I mean rest is rest. When you’re kind of in bad shape it is not really rest but still I didn’t have to go to the rink so I guess it counts as rest.

On having this much of a break over the next four days off…
Yeah, it’s kind of like a second all-star break almost. Couple days off or four days or something without a game and we gotta regroup, and get back at it. We had a lot of guys who play a lot of minutes so use it to refocus and get your rest to be back at it for the last stretch.

On how much energy the younger guys are giving them right now during their recent stretch of games…
Yeah, looking at Spoon’s [Ryan Spooner], Pasta’s, [David Pastrnak] and Looch’s [Milan Lucic] line I think they’re creating a lot of chances offensively making good plays there. Obviously they are are not the best defensive forwards out there but they are getting better at it because that’s what our game is all about. We also need that offensive spark from them and they are really providing that. Looking at Ferly [Brian Ferlin] he’s a really big guy, skates well, and holds on to the puck well so a really good add.

On how aware everyone in the room is about the possible roster changes in the coming days…
Well I haven’t heard anybody talking about it so I don’t know what they know. You told me or somebody told me last week so I know. We don’t really pay attention to those things anyways, its out of our hands anyways so we just try to do our job, play the game.

On how he felt tonight and if he felt tested…
It wasn’t the hardest game, obviously you only have 30 hours to get all your energy, and fluids back or you don’t feel 100% out there but then again when you don’t feel like that you just try to focus on the right things. I felt like I didn’t do anything extra out there today I was just trying to stay and be in the right position.

On starting to see an upward trend with these team over their recent stretch of games…
Yeah for sure it’s becoming the second nature we always talk about I really like, I was watching the game last night on TV and you can really see the difference when we move the puck D-to-D and up and have a quick transition game and that’s what’s been lacking lot of times. Then were just fore-checking, were back checking, closing on quickly and all the little things that matter were doing. Its tough but we know that we have to keep doing it.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD DAVID PASTRNAK
On the lines with today and yesterday’s games…
Yeah. How I said yesterday, very speedy lines. So it’s expected from us to skate a lot, you know so we’re trying to do that and just make some opportunity when we get a puck.

On his perspective of the game’s first goal…
Kind of had no play so it was start of the game so we just wanted to get it deep and get the legs going. Looch [Milan Lucic] was there nice for a puck and he got ready for it.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN ZDENO CHARA
On it being encouraging to finish the month winning three of four games…
Yeah we put a lot of emphasis on finishing really strong. Despite how we started this month I thought we were pretty close to five hundred this month, if no five hundred but—which is still not something that we should be looking at as a success, but the way we started I thought we battled back pretty hard to be at that five hundred level.  Now we have to just continue to play like we did last four or five games. Even those games before that we end up losing but I thought we were gaining more confidence in our game. It was just sometimes you’re going to have those parts of the season but now we have something close to 20 games, 18, 19 or 20 games and we know where we’re at. It’s going to be a fight until the end. A lot of teams are going to be fighting for those last spots and yeah we just got to continue to play like we have the last four or five games.

On the new power play units and the chemistry…
Yeah it thought we had to do something, obviously we had only one unit going and the other one was not really clicking for whatever reasons and after we mix them up now we have, I think, pretty strong two units. I think our unit saw most of the power play time tonight, we got one goal and we had some really good chances and good time zone. Again, something that we got to continue working on and keep getting better.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD CHRIS KELLY
On Antoine Vermette...
Obviously it’s a difficult time. You guys love it. But it’s tough, especially guys with families to uproot midseason and things like that, but I played with Vermy [Antoine Vermette] for a few years in Ottawa and we’re still good friends. He’s a great player, he plays every key position. He plays a power play, he kills penalties, last minute both if you’re up or down he’s out there, and just a quality guy. He’s been around a long time and any team that gets him I think they’re going to be extremely happy with what they get.

On if he would like to be the team that gets Antoine Vermette…
Yeah. Why not? I think if we have that opportunity and he comes it would be great to see him and play with him again. We had a lot of great memories. We played together quite often in Ottawa and it was fun.

On the team’s recent game and if being without David Krejci refocused them…
I think we played some good hockey even before Krech [David Krejci] got hurt. It’s a funny game. You see times where you’re on a roll and you’re winning games and towards the end you’re not playing well, but finding ways to win. That happens on the other side. You’re playing well and you’re trying to correct things and you’re not getting the results you want. But I thought of late we’ve been playing much better. Every game is a battle. The league is so strong now that there’s no easy games.

On if there’s more emphasis to make a team work harder when they’re going through trouble…
For sure. I know teams have done it to us when things haven’t been going great, and you start second guessing yourself. I think the wheels start turning opposed to a team like that that’s having a difficult time. They get more and more confident as the game goes on. Bounce here, bounce there. Next thing you know they’re tied or you’re down.

On Ryan Spooner, David Pastrnak, and Brian Ferlin…
I thought they played extremely well since being recalled. Spoons [Ryan Spooner] with the big goal last night, David [Pastrnak] you can see his game growing each game and same with [Brian] Ferlin. I played with him I think the last three games and he works hard, he’s heavy on the puck. He skates well, he makes the right plays. He’s done a great job since he’s been up.

On if the younger guys are giving the team an energy boost…
You need those guys to come in and step in. They’re filling big shoes when they’re called up and they’ve done a great job, and like you said that youth movement is great to have when guys come up and contribute.

On seeing results with the quality of play rising…
Yeah, I said earlier you see it’s such a fine line when you’re winning and you’re on a roll and towards the end of that streak you’re not playing great, and you’re finding ways to win and it goes on the other side where you’re starting to play better and you’re not getting the results. But I thought that of late we’re starting to get those results and tonight I thought we played well.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD REILLY SMITH
On getting things going the last couple of games…
Yeah, I think we’ve had a good effort, probably five or six of our last six. It’s good because it seemed like the tide was turning the opposite direction. We started building our game even though we weren’t getting the results. That Edmonton game, Calgary, and St. Louis, but it seems like it’s turning around and we’re starting to get the bounces going in our direction now.

On the lines having good chemistry tonight…
I think it actually started on our back end. They were forechecking pretty hard and I think they were getting three men lost deep a lot, just trying to over forecheck. Our D did a good job beating them by the pressure and getting us a lot of three-on-twos. They gave us a lot of room and a lot of space. I think it started with our back end.

On if there was a particular moment over the last few games that led to sparking the team…
Yeah, we had a couple meetings on that road trip because things weren’t going well. We were just trying to get back to playing better hockey even if the results weren’t there. It seems like that’s kind of gotten us out of that rut.

On how Patrice Bergeron makes his job easier…
How doesn’t he make my job easier? I make a mistake and it seems like he’s always there to bail me out. He’s all over the ice. I don’t really know how he does it, but he does a really good job anticipating where the puck is gonna be. He bails me and March [Brad Marchand] out more times than not, so it’s good to have. It seems like he’s the last one out of our end zone and the first one forechecking. He’s a great player and he does a lot for this team.

On his thoughts of upcoming trade deadline…
You try to put all that in the back of your head, you try not to think about it too much just because it’s stuff you can’t control. You want to stick together with the group that you’re with, but things happen and things are out of your control. I think we did a good job playing for each other in the last five or six games and try to keep this squad together.

On ending February with four points in two games…
Yeah it is. We had a talk about trying to win our last three games. It was tough losing the first one, Vancouver, in a game that I thought we could’ve pulled out. But we did a good job this weekend, it’s tough to win two back to back. But it seemed like we wore our hard hats.

On if he felt he tipped the Bergeron goal…
No, I knew I didn’t touch it. I wanted to make sure that they didn’t credit me for that goal because it wasn’t me for sure.

On his line taking on more of a role with David Krejci out…
Yeah I think we’ve done a good job as of late. It’s tough losing David because he’s a great offensive player and he does a lot for this team. [Ryan] Spooner’s also done a really good job jumping in the last couple games and creating a little bit of a spark.

ARIZONA COYOTES HEAD COACH DAVE TIPPETT
On the game tonight...
Well bad break, Smitty [Mike Smith] bobbled that first one and got us behind early, that’s probably not a recipe for success right there.  Bad rush read on the second one and we didn’t push that much.  We didn’t have enough oomph there.  You can tell our group is wondering what is going to happen the next few days and that’s kind of where we are as a team.

On his team not being able to draw any penalties...
Bad penalties we took, that’s part of where we are at.

On if the trade deadline passing will provide some much needed clarity for the team...
Very much so.  We have been dragging through this for a month now.  They are good people, good players that are possibly going to move, that’s a miserable feeling in there.  Between losing and guys not knowing where they are going to be, that’s a hard thing to deal with.  Hopefully we can get past that and come out of the deadline with whoever is in the lineup and hopefully get to work.

On if it is going to be much of the same as far as youth and young players after the deadline…
I don’t know.  That’s a question for management, not for me.

On if the energy level and focus is gone from the team...
Yeah you could tell in the morning when guys are quiet.  We’ve had a couple games here where there is lots of stuff going on behind the scenes and guys know what’s going on, it’s not as if it’s a big secret between players and agents.  It’s a pretty viral world out there right now so guys know exactly what is going on.  It’s human nature.  You can say, let’s get by it, let’s get by it, but that’s not how it works.

On what Antoine Vermette brought to this team...
He’s been a real valuable player for us because he plays in all situations, he’s an unbelievable person and teammate.  You ask any teammate in there and they would stick up for this guy any day.  When we went to the Western Conference finals that year he was our leading scorer, he takes big face-offs, he plays both sides of special teams and we ask him to do an awful lot and he’s a player that every team needs and unfortunately the business part of the game is coming into play and I’m not sure where that goes with him but I think we all know that there’s probably something going to happen.

On the attitude of Antoine Vermette this past week...
I had a good talk with him before the game and he was fairly emotional thinking that this might be his last game so that’s where he’s at.  He’s a proud guy.

ARIZONA COYOTES FORWARD SHANE DOAN
On what Antoine Vermette has meant to the team...
He’s been our go to guy in every situation on the ice.  Penalty kill, power play, faceoffs.  If you need somebody to shut someone down that’s what he has been doing for us and that’s why he’s so valuable to us.  On top of that he’s just a great guy.

On the thought of losing a guy like Antoine Vermette...
The whole thing is tough right now.  Everything is tough right now.  It’s tough.

On if he is ready for some clarity after the trade deadline on Monday...
Yeah I mean obviously it’s been awful having it sit over top.  You wish that something would have been done but hopefully one way or the other you’ll know on Monday.  You talk about there being one pack and everything that goes along with that, it’s just frustrating.

On the team struggling to get out of the losing streak and find an identity…
You have to be embarrassed.  I don’t care how old you are, you have to be really embarrassed.  You better be really embarrassed.

On if the frustration comes from the uncertainty or how long the trade process is taking...
Probably all of that.  All of that.  It’s just all of that. Yeah, all of that.

ARIZONA COYOTES FORWARD ANTOINE VERMETTE
On what his thoughts are going into the next 48 hours...
I don’t know what I am thinking, it’s obviously a strange position, and it’s not a fun one, it’s not the way you see it you know as a group here. It’s not the position you want to be, it’s a little strange.

On if he is feeling emotional after this game...
I am, you know you got to take it as a man and it’s part of the game unfortunately. It’s, it’s not easy.

On what he would say to his teammate Shane Doan for embracing him...
Oh it’s been great, I mean it’s tough, I don’t want to spend too much myself on that. It’s a special group, special guys and you know we’ll see what’s going to happen but, I made some friends here.

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN PREGAME PRESS CONFERENCE AT 4:20 P.M.
On if Tuukka Rask is well enough to play tonight…
Yes, he is.

On if Rask will play…
Are you guys for real? Next question.

On if he will tell the media if Rask will play tonight…
I just answered the question. Tuukka Rask will be playing tonight. You guys are awful, worst part of my day is right here [laughs].

On Arizona playing like they have nothing to lose tonight…
Yeah, I haven’t really, to be honest with you, I haven’t looked at their record of eight straight losses more than I’ve looked at ours saying this is an important game, as important as yesterday’s was to win. We really have been taking a focus on our team, not just who we play, but how well we play. That’s the main thing right now.

On if Ryan Spooner has progressed quicker than he thought…
I don’t know if it’s quicker. He’s been up quite a few times, but I see a different player, I see a player who, with experience, with time in the minors, being up and down at times, he’s a more mature – when I say more mature, well-rounded individual. He’s come in here, no doubt feeling a lot more confident than he did the time before and the time before that. He’s played well, not just last game but all the games he’s been here, the last three games I guess that would be. He can skate, he’s got skill, and right now he’s just going where the puck is and he’s not afraid to go anywhere. He’s just playing the game. Before I thought he was a little hesitant in certain areas or certain situations, which took away a lot of his game. Right now I think he’s given us a real good boost that we desperately need. And him and Pasta [David Pastrnak] last night were two of our better players.

On how Milan Lucic has handled playing with Spooner and Pastrnak…
I think he’s handled it well. I think because those guys skate so well, it’s actually forced him to skate even more. At the same time, I think he’s given those two guys a level of comfort that they need to succeed. They know they’re well-protected, they know that they can do their things and that they won’t get abused out there with some cheap shots. He’s kind of taken them under his wing and said, ‘You know what guys? Let’s go out there and play and let’s make things happen.’ So I think he deserves credit for the success of that line as well.

On if it’s preferable to get a player that’s pedal to the metal, more than a guy that’s thinking too much out there….
I think what we’ve enjoyed right now is the tempo of our game, the speed of it has really increased from our D’s being a little more active in the rush and moving the puck quickly out of our own end, to the forwards with our regroups and our counters. When you’ve got guys like Pastrnak and Spooner to add to that group, it certainly gives your team a little bit more speed. So pedal to the metal is certainly not a bad thing, as long as it’s not reckless.

On what areas he’s seen Pastrnak improve at since he’s been in Boston…
Well, I think the experience has probably been the biggest thing we see. We still see him forcing plays at times that really gets us in trouble. But that’s part of the learning curve, right? We also see the good things that he does, so we balance those things out. So as far as this game is concerned, he had a great one yesterday; the games before that, some of them were very average. We have to understand that sometimes you have to live with those situations in order for a young guy to keep progressing. But we love his speed, we love his creativity, makes good plays, an exciting player to watch, and he’s only going to get better. This is what we’re dealing with right now, we’re dealing with the stuff that he has to work on in a good way where we’re trying to help him out. He’s getting better at it. He’s an improved player from the first time, probably more confident. We hope that continues.
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