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“Because for the simple fact that I said that I need the ball in the paint to be effective. You can’t keep having me pick-and-pop, and shooting jump shots. I’m not saying the offense has to run through me but I prefer to be in the paint,” Blatche said.

But Blatche did see eye-to-eye with Saunders and Wall regarding the setbacks when players try to focus too much on their individual games.

“Our blessing was our curse,” said Blatche, who went 5-for-13 and scored 11 points, and had nine rebounds.

“Getting up by 20 so early and so easy was a curse for us, because then guys started to get relaxed, and then we all wanted to start to play one-on-one basketball,” Blatche said.

“What we did tonight isn’t going to work. Plain and simple. What we did tonight is just not going to cut it.”