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.
3-POINT SHOT ATTEMPT RATE (% of FGAs that are 3-Pt FGAs)
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.
SMART/HORFORD vs JJ REDICK. Transition. Use of strength advantage.
TATUM vs McCONNELL attack with dribble in 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 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.
TATUM vs McCONNELL
SECOND OPTION if can’t attack immediately coming off double staggered screen = ball movement + post-up.
SMART vs BELINELLI
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.
PLAY SMART – ATTACK OPPONENTS’ WEAKNESSES!
Thanks for reading! :)) Coach Kristians