NBA Playoffs Celtics vs. Bucks Game 2 Insights: How Boston Dechiphered the Champion

Celitcs struck back impressively in Match 2 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals. In the first half, Jaylen Brown and Co. decode The Bucks’ defense with a simple trick, while Giannis Antetokounmpo is invited to a desert island on the other side. The findings.

1. How Boston interpreted the champion’s defense

After the opening defeat against the Bucks, the offense was the first topic of conversation behind the closed Celtics doors that Grant Williams admitted. Understandable after just ten hits from two and a field shot rate of 33.3 percent. In Game 2, Boston made it a point to swap the good shots from Game 1 – which mostly did not fall – for even better shots.

“In the first game, we played rashly, sometimes forcing our throws. We took the first open three we saw, even though three people came flying,” Williams analyzed after the 109: 86 rematch. “Today we knew that the more we moved the ball, the more opportunities we would have to be really open.”

Movement – this magic word referred not only to the ball but also to the players. The Celtics offensive caused Wilson to run from one corner to the next in the dominant first half, but attacked the zone with several drives in almost every possession to pull the defense apart. After a drive followed the kick-out pass, but instead of completing it right away, the next drive plus kick-out pass came – just long enough for Boston to have not only a good, but the right throw.

“From good to great, we’ve been emphasizing that for a while,” Jayson Tatum said. “They are a very good team, so the first move will not necessarily work, maybe not even the second. You have to keep moving the ball and keep pulling towards the basket until you get the best possible shot. It did we today. “

Numerically, it reads like this: In the first half, the 23 successful field goals were preceded by 17 assists. Downtown’s last 20 hits set a postseason franchise record (on 43 attempts, 46.5 percent). As the ball movement stagnated after the break, offensive production also stagnated.

A good example of the originally excellent ball movement was this possession just four minutes before the end of the first half. The attack took 16 seconds off the clock, after six passes and three runs towards the zone, Al Horford was finally empty in the cordoned off area. “It was exciting to be on the field during this possession,” said Williams, who was the only Celtic who did not touch the ball in this attack, even though he was free in the corner. “Everyone trusted each other, we had fun and that’s how you succeed as a team.”

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