There’s no question that Rudy and Donovan are excited about Sunday’s NBA All-Star Game in Chicago, and the fact that they get to participate in it. Asked at Wednesday morning’s shootaround if the fact that he is an All-Star has sunk in yet, Donovan quickly replied, “No! I’m not gonna lie to you.”
But then, there’s a good reason for that: The Jazz players have been focused on … well, the Jazz.
“Playing the tougher teams that we have, you can’t really reflect on [the All-Star Game,” the guard added. “… The five-game skid made it easier for me to forget.”
Rudy, meanwhile, acknowledged that while he’s looking forward to bringing some family to the game, then taking a few days off “somewhere sunny, where I can get a tan,” he’s not about to overlook the Jazz’s final pre-break game tonight against Miami.
“It’s very important for us to go into the break on a high note. I don’t think we’re going to appreciate it as much if we lose tonight,” he said. “I think the mentally tougher team is going to win — we’ve got to show that’s us.”
Donovan, meanwhile, was similarly keeping the bigger picture in mind.
“I’m excited about it … but it’s bigger than just one All-Star Game,” he said. “We still haven’t made it past the second round [of the playoffs]. So we need to stay ready and stay locked in. ESPN 700 today.