Cal head coach Cuonzo Martin previews Stanford, updates the health of point guard Charlie Moore

BERKELEY -- Cal head coach Cuonzo Martin breaks down the challenges the Bears face against Stanford, and updates the health of key contributors.

California head coach Cuonzo Martin breaks down Stanford (full transcript):

Update on the health of freshman point guard Charlie Moore: "Charlie's doing well. He practiced today, so he should be fine."

What was it: "He said he wasn't sure. He got hit, fell down, whether he got kneed or hit or elbowed in his hip area."

Did it happen right before the half: "It might have happened maybe the first five, 10 minutes. I think I tried to put him back. In the first half, we tried to put him back in the game, and that was it. He said, when it initially happened, he tried to play through it, and then, once he sat down, that was it."

http://www.scout.com/college/california/story/1750209-rabb-bird-energize...When he sat down with five minutes to go? "Yeah."

When you look back at that game, do you look back at Ivan Rabb's two fouls, and maybe think about putting him back in, in the first half? "Not at all. No, not in that situation. Not at all. Just because, oftentimes, you analyze games, certain games you put him back in, but they have good big guys that are good players, and understand, 'Let's take the game to him and make him play defense.' It's one thing if a team has more perimeter guys, but they have big bodies [inside] so not at all. Obviously, certain games, we've done it this year, but [it's] understanding who you're playing against, what they're trying to do. We felt it was best to ride it through the first half, and sit him down."

When he sits out that long (14 minutes in the first half), it seems as though he has trouble getting involved. Is there a way to get him going? "I don't know if it's extra effort, because he's he focus of our offense, anyway (note: Rabb's usage rage is 24%, just barely higher than his 20% usage rate last season, with ball-stoppers like Tyrone Wallace and Jaylen Brown). I think it's just a case of him putting himself in position, being assertive, but that's easier said than done, because they double him, and they didn't double him every time. They had guys play one-on-one defense, and they did a good job. They game planned against him. Give those guys credit. They made him work for everything. That's part of it. He's a good player. I thought other guys stepped up and made plays. I thought Kam[eron Rooks] did a great job. I thought Grant [Mullins] did a great job running the point in the second half. I thought Jabari [Bird] played well. I thought some guys did some great things. [Stephen] Domingo played a good overall floor game. We just came up short."

How much did you consider zoning Arizona. It looked like you were in some match-up zone, but the previous three games, Arizona had struggled against the zone, and you zoned effectively against ASU: "Yeah, we felt like game plan, mix it up, man and zone. They scored 62 points at home. I think that's the second-least amount of points they've scored all season long, at home. The game plan we had, I think, worked out well; we just came up short."

How has Stanford improved since last time on Jan. 29: "They've done a great job with their transition offense. They've really done a great job of really getting out quickly. Watching their game against Arizona State, I thought they did a tremendous job, just getting the ball out quick. We have to do a really good job setting our defense, because they're doing an exceptional job of getting out. They're a different team when Reid Travis is on the floor. When you go that many games without a guy of that magnitude, it's hard to get into a true flow. Even though they've done a great job of battling and competing as a team, they're a different team when he's on the floor."

How do you match up with Reid Travis: "I think Kam, King[sley Okoroh], Ivan, you have to make him work. He's a physical guy, and it seems like he likes contact. He likes to play that style of game, which, I like it -- I like watching him -- but you have to make him work for baskets. You have to make him go over the top, which is easier said than done, because he's improved his ability to go both ways. He runs in transition. He's a mobile guy, especially for Kam and Kingsley to guard him, to try to guard him on the perimeter. We understand we have our work cut out for us."

On the sloppy first half against Stanford: "You never go into games thinking, 'This might happen.' I think you prepare to try and go out and play. Maybe some of it had to do with having a week off, both teams, and they're rival teams, so the energy level is high, so that's part of it. I thought they did a good job, coming out the first five, 10 minutes, of being aggressive, making Ivan's looks hard. I thought we had some opportunities to make shots and they just didn't go down early. But, give those guys credit: They came out with energy and passion."

How did the guards handle not having Moore in the second half against the Wildcats: "I thought we did a great job, I thought they did, because they're experienced guys. Sam Singer's a guy that could be a starter, so it's not like we skipped a beat. Charlie's a guy that scores the ball. When he plays, he has the ability to go downhill and shoot the ball. I thought the guys did a great job."

http://www.scout.com/college/california/story/1755346-bttv-grant-mullins...How has Mullins changed being in the starting lineup, stretching the floor for you: "That's the key, because he can make shots, but even there, he can make pull-up shots. He made two pull-ups agains Arizona. He does a good job. The one thing with Grant that we talk about is just being shot ready, because he's a really good shooter. I've been around a lot of guys who can shoot, and he can shoot the ball. But, he also likes to put it on the floor to kind of make plays, because I think, in a lot of ways, Grant would rather pass the ball. Not that he's a guy who doesn't want to shoot, because he wants to shoot the ball, but the thing we tell him all the time is that he's got to be shot ready: Take the shot first, and then allow your shot fake, or how the defense defends that particular shot, attack off the bounce. I think he really likes being at the point guard position. I thought he did a great job of it. He's helped us because he's a threat. He can make shots. He can make deep shots, and he's ready to score the ball. He wants that shot."

How close to 100% is Moore: "He was fine in practice. We'll see, come game time. He was fine in practice. He didn't have any limitations, so we'll see."

How close to 100% is Rooks: "I think Kam's fine. Every day, he gets better and better. 270 pounds, conditioning, I think he's done a good job. I think that's the biggest key, is conditioning. He gets that through practice and games, but physically, I think he's OK."

How about Dontae Coleman: "I think so. Again, lower back, he was better today. I didn't notice anything today."

Is it an issue of the fact that the lower back is kind of your transmission: "Yeah. One thing I try to do is stay away from the trainers and the doctors, and allow them to do their job. I think, in Kam's case, it's just conditioning and getting through it. Kam's fine, but Charlie, he looked good today in practice, and Dontae looked like he was healthy, as well."

Was this the first day Moore has practiced: "Yes. Yesterday was a contact practice but he was non-contact and they kept him out. Today was his first live practice."

Moore looked very stiff in huddles in the second half. Were you worried: "You know how it is. If Charlie's hurt, he's hurt. Shut it down. It just got stiff on him, but moving forward, again, injuries are a part of our game, and if he's out a week, two weeks, that's between Charlie and the doctors and the trainers. I don't fight those things. If Charlie's out, then he's out."

What does Stanford do to generate turnovers? They turn teams over 20.9% of the time -- 51st in the nation. Over the last five games, opponents have turned the ball over an average of 16.4 times per game -- 22.2% of opponents' possessions. "I think what they do, they get out in the passing lanes. I think with Marcus Allen, he's good at [...] he's very quick. He's a guy who swoops down on the ball fast, and you have to watch him. Other guys -- Reid Travis -- he's a mobile big guy. Even though he plays center for them, he's a mobile guy, especially when you've got slower bigs that he's defending. [Michael] Humphrey's a guy that can move on the perimeter, as well, so they have guys that have good length, and they anticipate very well, just in watching them on film."

Do the Cardinal's big men match up well, for them, against Cal's bigs, because Okoroh and Rooks are two of those slower bigs: "I think they match up well, as well as we match up with those guys. I think Ivan and Humphrey, both of those guys are mobile perimeter guys. I think Reid Travis is obviously a little quicker than Kameron and Kingsley, but they have more lengthy. It's just which guy imposes their will best."

Rabb had 25 points and 13 rebounds last time against Stanford. Does that indicate a match up advantage in the post: "I think what happens is, they know, just like every team we play, [that] Ivan is a focal part of our offense. We're going through Ivan. That's understood, now. It's just a matter of how you defend it. Get him the ball in different ways so that he can be effective and be successful. More importantly, it's the other guys. Ivan knows what he has to do to get the ball, but if he's seeing a double, then other guys have to step up and make shots and make plays. You get to a point where they defend him one-on-one, in most cases, those are the results. He can make plays and he can make stuff happen. If they double him, other guys have to step up, make shots and make plays."


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