You can’t manager effort.
That was the resounding and one summary from the two conduct coaches patrolling the sidelines Sunday afternoon at the Garden — the Knicks’ Jeff Hornacek and Celtics’ Brad Stevens. The responses, however, came from two very opposite places.
Boston entered Sunday with the best record in the Eastern Conference, a attainment achieved by tough work, smoothness and intensity. New York entered Sunday with the sixth-worst record in the NBA, a contemptible business brought about by underperformance and, many importantly, a disaster to dedicate on the defensive end, generally from its best players and leaders, Carmelo Anthony, Derrick Rose and Kristaps Porzingis.
There is a inconsistency in bid between the Celtics and Knicks. And according to Hornacek and Stevens, that disproportion can be attributed to the players.
“I can tell you it’s not coaching,” Stevens pronounced Sunday before the Celtics’ 110-94 feat over the Knicks. “You’re not going to have a register full of 15 guys that don’t play tough and consider you’re going to be means to convince them to play tough for 82 games. we consider that you partisan hard-playing guys.
“If you’re a hard-playing guy, and you’re around other hard-playing guys, then that’s contagious. And positively there are instances where maybe a man hasn’t played as hard, but when he gets around the Marcus Smarts of the universe and people like that, there’s a contagiousness. And we consider that when you play in Boston, it’s one of the responsibilities that comes with being a Celtic. And so we’ve talked utterly a bit about that. But there’s no, like, motivational debate to get guys to play hard. They’re possibly going to play tough or not.”
Stevens’ register is loaded with players who take shortcoming and honour on defense. He mentioned Marcus Smart, the Celtics’ contentious and feisty combo guard. But Jae Crowder, Al Horford, Jaylen Brown, Amir Johnson and others yield identical defensive work ethic.
The Knicks, meanwhile, have few if any of those forms of players — unchanging defenders. Before Sunday’s game, Hornacek used Ron Baker and Lance Thomas as examples of industrious players who show up on invulnerability on a nightly basis. But the list ends there.
“I can consider of all the teams that we played on, and you have those certain guys that just do it. Coaches don’t indispensably have to get on you about doing that. That’s an inner honour thing,” Hornacek pronounced of personification hard. “When you have two, three, 4 of those guys, then all of a remarkable guys see that success and then they do it. So we’re trying to get that with some of the guys. … We have guys that do it at times. But we’ve got to get them to do it for all 48 mins every night.”
Hornacek admires what Stevens has achieved in his 4 year in Boston and hopes to hoard identical success in New York. But it starts with substantiating a enlightenment where bid is a requirement, not optional.
“They play tough every singular night,” Hornacek pronounced of the Celtics. “And when you do that, then you win games.”