David Aldridge and Kyle Korver, on confidence:
DA: I still marvel how much confidence matters, even at this level.
KK: The mental side of sports, it's huge. It's such a massive part of the game. You can visualize and you can try to trick yourself into thinking a certain way. There's all kinds of things you can do to try to get in the right spot mentally. But at the end of the day. To have real confidence, you've got to be doing good at your craft. For me, mentally, it was like I was guessing all of the time or trying something new today. Trying to figure out something out in warmups, that's not a good head space to be in. It doesn't exactly give you a ton of confidence. For me, just feeling like I'm settled back into my mechanics, more than anything, that really helps with the mental side of things.
DA: Did Bud or the coaches do anything in particular --
KK: More than anything, it's not always what coaches do, it's what coaches don't do. A player senses when a coach loses confidence in him. That more than anything can throw a player. Moreso than anything, you think when people stick with you and have your back, and don't lose faith in you, and feel like the next one's going to go in, that probably does more for you than anything else.
DA: Do you sense that helps other guys on the team as well?
KK: One of the ultimate strengths of our coaching staff, and really the organization now, is that they're just a real positive vibe. You really feel like everyone's pulling for you and everyone's trying to help you get better. There's obviously constructive criticism, and we have film sessions and we try to hold each other accountable. We've got a really bunch of solid people kind of running the ship here, and it feels like people really have your back. With players, that really creates a healthy environment, where you don't just feel like pawns in the game.