Larranaga pondered the question for a bit before answering, and it was clear he wanted to pick the right words.
I would say, on the court, people probably don’t realize what an unbelievable help defender [Horford] is, Larranaga said. You might see a blocked shot at the end of games, but it’s how he is in the right position, always. He’s covering for teammates constantly. I think people see how unselfish he is, offensively, but he is equally unselfish defensively, and has an equal impact on his teammates’ performance.
“We have a great team,” said Bellinger, a rookie from nearby Chandler, Arizona. “And to come here and sweep them, beat them on their home turf is hard to do and pretty special.”
Darvish, acquired from Texas in a trade deadline deal, struck out seven over five innings to outpitch Arizona’s Zack Greinke and earn the righty his first postseason victory in three tries.
“He’s put me in great positions to succeed,” Green said. “That’s all you can ask for as a coach and he’s given me that. I’m working hard to prove myself to him that I can do it.”
“He’s so well-loved, so respected around here. No one here wants to see that,” Mayo said.
The rest of the Panthers didn’t need to see to believe that this development can be worrisome for Kuechly, despite it feeling less devastating.
Here’s the latest edition of “He Said What?!”
Hundley on taking over for injured Rodgers: “Obviously, Aaron is Aaron, but I’m Brett. So, let’s have some fun.”
Brady on breaking the record for most regular-season victories: “I wish we would have done better, but we won.”