FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- John Wall's game-winning three-pointer inspired everyone, even Atlanta Falcons head coach Dan Quinn and the rookies at camp this weekend at the team's headquarters.
Wall's game-winning shot sent the Washington Wizards and Boston Celtics to a Game 7 in the Eastern Conference Semifinals. After watching Friday night's game, Quinn had to get the guys playing some ball.
"After the ending of the basketball game last night, I don't think basketball couldn't be involved today," Quinn said at the end of Saturday's practice.
According to fifth-round draft pick Eric Saubert, the team had a free-throw competition. Saubert volunteered to lead things off, something he called a mistake.
"I was [playing] Duke Riley in a free throw competition. He beat me by two. That's all I want to say. I didn't do very well," Saubert said. "I was thrown off. I should have been ready to go, though. No excuses."
However the overall score ended up being tallied, it ended in a tie. Quinn doesn't like ties. So the two sides had to settle it with push-ups.
It was all in a days work at the Falcons camp where Quinn is notorious for doing things a little different, like bring in Navy SEALS to work out the team and build camaraderie.
Even with such a short amount of time to evaluate the rookies and guys trying to make the team, Quinn is able to see a good bit as the team moves towards OTAs.
"You want to stress, put as much on them as you can to find out how they can handle that. You've got to think under pressure. You want to see what type of competitors they are," Quinn said. "All those new stresses to put on to see how they perform. So we're constantly evaluating."
Evaluating everything, even free throws.