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January 1, 2010 at 2:45 PM

New Year’s Day notes and quotes

The Huskies practiced this morning at 11 a.m. at Bank of America Arena.
Not much news from last night’s game. Isaiah Thomas said his right ankle that he sprained on Sunday was a little sore this morning, but generally he’s fine.
And Scott Suggs, who missed Thursday’s game because he was sick, was expected to return for Saturday’s game. However, he was the only player missing during the first 15 minutes of warmups.
The biggest news came from Oregon. The Ducks couldn’t fly out last night after their 91-89 double overtime victory at Washington State because of bad weather. They spent the night in Pullman and boarded a bus at 7 a.m. this morning. They stopped in Ellensburg for lunch and arrived to Seattle about an hour ago.
Oregon will practice tonight at Hec Ed.
I caught up with both coaches today and generally they were pleased to start Pac-10 play 1-0. Also spoke with a few Huskies at today’s practice.

(What are your thoughts about Tajuan Porter)
“Extremely quick release with range. From right there that Bank of America (floor marking). … You’re just not accustomed to closing out on a guy like that when he’s (that far from the basket.) You’re just not accustomed to doing that.
“It’s almost like trying to chase a fish in the water. It’s so vast and so big, it just keeps getting around you and squirting around you. You can never get to him. When he starts bringing you out that far, it’s so easy for him to drive around you. And because of his quick release, if he gets on and gets in a zone, he’s very difficult to stop.
(Do you defend him with a taller guy?) “You can. You can do that. Last year we kind of stood in line to guard him. He went through everybody we put on him, short and tall.”
(Is his game anything like Thomas’?) “No. Nothing at all. Isaiah is probably the opposite. Isaiah uses his outside shot to compliment his penetration. Tajuan uses his penetration to compliment his outside shot. Isaiah gets to the foul line more.”
(Do you start Thomas against Porter?) “Probably.”
(Do you ever get get caught up in the machtup with Porter?)
“There was never no matchup. He never guarded me and I never guarded him.”
(But you will Saturday?) “Yeah. He probably won’t guard me though.”
(Why?) “I don’t know. They’ll put somebody bigger on me. But we’ll see. He’s a good player. I’ll be ready for him just like he’ll probably be ready for me.”
(Is he anything like you?) “We’re definitely two different players. He likes to shoot it from half court and I like to try to get mine to the hole.”
(How is your ankle?) “It was good last night. It was a little sore this morning.”
(Have you seen Scott Suggs yet?) “No. I’m staying as far away from him as I can. I can’t get sick. I talked to him yesterday and he’s getting a little better. But I’m going to definitely stay away from him.”
(Is the fear similar to the start of the training camp when the flu took out over half the team?) “Probably. It happens to those skinny guys. The skinny guys get sick. Nah. Just joking.”
(What has Porter meant to Oregon?)
“He’s been the leader of our team. He’s a hard worker. He’s on track and one class away from graduating from Oregon. He could graduate early if he wants to and that tells you enough right there. He’s done his job in all areas and I’m just real proud of him as a person. He’s a bright kid that’s done an outstanding job representing the city of Detroit.”
(Your thoughts on the Pac-10?) “Everybody said the Pac-10 was down and I’ve always said the Pac-10 was young. But in the preseason the Pac-10 has gotten more mature and it’s going to continue to mature. As you can see during this first weekend, it’s a tough conference and you’re going to have to grind out games. On the road or at home, you’re going to have to grind out games because it’s a tough conference.”

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