Isaiah Thomas will be in the Huskies’ starting lineup when Arizona State visits Washington on Saturday. (Here's the full story from our Saturday paper.)
Normally that wouldn’t be much news, however it became at least a question worth asking Thursday when UW coach Lorenzo Romar sent Venoy Overton onto the court in place of Thomas to start the second half of the Huskies win over Arizona.
“I thought in the first half offensively was very similar to how we play on the road offensively sometimes, where that ball just doesn’t quite get moving,” Romar said before running the Huskies through practice today. “Sometimes you can get away with it; but against a team like Arizona, USC -- the teams that really play good, solid defense and pack it in -- you can’t just go on the first side. You have to have some ball movement, get the ball reversed and then you can go.”
Thomas said he's OK: “The only thing I care about is we won, so it’s all right … I was cheering my teammates on. I had the best attitude you could possibly have. It’s all mental, and once you get out of it and think about yourself just that little bit it messes up the whole team chemistry. It is what it is. He made a decision, and we won; so it’s OK.”
And that he understands: “I gotta do a better job not just setting up my teammates but getting easy buckets, setting up plays,” he said before practice Friday. “I try to do the best job I can to do it. And if I’m not doing it right, Coach Romar is going to find the right person to do it.”
And Overton is OK with coming off the bench again: “(Romar) doesn’t mess with the lineups very much. It was just a quick change that he felt that he had to make and we won the game. … It’s all about winning at the end of the day. (Thomas) accepted that, and he’s going to be ready to play next game. … All I do is try to bring all positive stuff to the team.”