BOSTON CELTICS USE SIZE, STRENGTH AND SPEED ADVANTAGE TO OVERTAKE 76ERS IN GAME 5

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First of all don’t get me wrong – Philadelphia 76ers is one of the best defensive teams in NBA:

  • Defensive rating: 102.0 (3rd)
  • Opponent points in Paint: 41.6 (1st)
  • Defensive Rebounds: 35.5 (1st)
  • Opponent FG%: 43.4% (1st)
  • Opponent 3Pt%: 34.2% (2nd)

But it doesn’t mean they don’t have weaknesses, every team has. They play very tough and they are able to switch lot of off-ball and on-ball screens because of height and physical abilities, similar to Boston Celtics.

In play-off games it’s all about match-ups and making adjustments. If there are weaknesses greatest basketball minds will find it, especially if you play against one team more times in a row.

 

GAME 5: STATISTICS

Why this game was different for Boston Celtics compare to other games this season and play-offs? Huge amount of FOULS against BOSTON,  huge amount of FREE-THROW ATTEMPTS and MUCH LOWER than AVERAGE THREE-POINT SHOTS ATTEMPTED by CELTICS.

FOULS

Fouls

FREE-THROW ATTEMPTS

FTTT

 

3-POINT SHOT ATTEMPT RATE (% of FGAs that are 3-Pt FGAs)3PT attempts

 

BOSTON CELTICS GAME PLAN FOR GAME 5: USE SIZE, STRENGHT AND SPEED ADVANTAGE TO OVERTAKE 76ERS 

 

  • Attack to the weak points of Philadelphia 76ers defense = JJ Redick 1vs1+post, McConnell post.
  • Create and attack size mismatches. (pick-and-roll/Off-ball screens) Almost all Boston players can play in post effectively.
  • Looking for post-ups before defense is set. Especially offensive transition situations.
  • Create high % shots after getting ball in the low post or attacking defense before it is set = free-throws, high% 2-point shots close to the basket (also shots after getting rebounds if post play is not successful) and open three-point shots when the ball is passed out of low post area.

 

TRANSITION. POST UP.

Boston took advantage of their 2, 3 and 4 position player’s ability to play effective in post up situations or attack immediately using the dribble especially when 76ers defense wasn’t set yet. Tatum vs McConnel, Smart vs Redick, Smart vs Belinelli, Horford vs McConnell, Brown vs Redick and other situations.

 

Transition Post up1

 

SMART/HORFORD vs JJ REDICK. Transition. Use of strength advantage.

Smart vs Redick

Transition Smart vs Redick

Horford vs Redick

TATUM vs McCONNELL attack with dribble in transition

Tatums vs Mcconnel drive transition

BROWN vs McCONNELL. Embiid has to help leaving Baynes open in the corner. Saric can’t rotate on time even close-out with high-hands was the best he can do in this situation – 3 points. The point is… Everything starts with BROWN using his size and strenght vs shorter McCONNELL in the low post.

Transition Post up 2

Transition Post up 3

Brown post up and pass

 

TRANSITION PLAYS or SET-PLAYS

After coming off double staggered screen Tatum and Smart had a great position to use their size and speed advantage immediately by driving to basket or shooting mid-range shot.

Second option is to receive the ball in the low post area.

Staggered play 3

TATUM vs McCONNELL

Tatum vs McCollumm set play

SECOND OPTION if can’t attack immediately coming off double staggered screen = ball movement + post-up.

Staggered play1

Staggered play 2

SMART vs BELINELLI

Smart vs Belinelli set play

 

PICK-AND-ROLL: ATTACK to “switch” (Flat + Switch)

Against FLAT+Switch pick-and-roll strategy Baynes has huge advantage over McConnell under the basket and McConnell has no chance to get the rebound. Trying to use speed advantage (Tatum vs Embiid and Rozier vs Embiid) wasn’t too effective this game instead they should look more inside and pass to Horford vs Redick or Baynes vs McConnell and other size mismatch situations (Big vs Small).

HIGH PICK-AND-ROLL. BAYNES vs McCONNELL. REBOUND + DUNK.

Flat Switch 1

Flat Switch 2

FLAT Switch

 

PLAY SMART –  ATTACK OPPONENTS’ WEAKNESSES!

Thanks for reading! :)) Coach Kristians

Author: abouthegame

Basketball coaching/sports data

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