Celtics and Cavs: Game 4 tactics

Monday, May 12, 2008

I think it's pretty simple really - and I'll go out on a limb and give Doc Rivers the sole credit for losing Game 3 of the Celtics/Cavs matchup, because he didn't adjust to the game and run enough plays in the post when they still had a chance to close the gap to under 10.

Even though you have 3 star players on your team, when you're down and you have time to get back into the game, you have to slow it down. You have to go to your big man in the post and run the offense through him because he commands the double teams - he has cutters to the basket. He's got other big men who are waiting to get an easy basket at the rim.

I know this is uncharted territory for the Celtics and Doc Rivers - having 3 legit ballers on your team and knowing when to ride each one and when to call plays for them, but while ball movement is their game, so is working inside-out.

It doesn't mean you go away from your main guys, but right now Lebron is on Pierce - the best player on the Celtics team who can be a whirling dervish to the basket - it makes more sense to start some of the sets in the post with KG versus having Pierce take it out from the top of the key, especially when Rondo's defender is completely sagging off him because Ronda can't find his offensive rhythm right now.

Get your big 3 going and you'll get a win. Slow down the game and you'll get a win. Throw it in the post a few more times and you'll get a win.

And if not?

Then it becomes a 3 game series.