Earlier in 2023, George Niang spoke about the team’s togetherness and defensive solidity. He claimed that their coaching had helped them achieve a sense of defensive solidity. This also gave them their identity as they remained resolute against tough opponents. That makes their postseason meltdown a travesty.
Niang told NBC Sports: “I think we’ve been top 10 for most of the year, right? That’s what they say; I’m not looking up defensive numbers, trust me. But I think it is a good emphasis. It helps us have an identity, that we’re not letting people go middle and we’re sending them to help, and getting in rotation after that. So I think that’s been huge for us.”