Monday, December 05, 2022

Winderman’s Perspective: A Case of Shock and Amazement, Plus Other Heat-Celtics Thoughts

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Overview and other notes of interest for the Boston Celtics from Thursday night’s 127-102 NBA playoff loss:

– Yes, the Celtics hit 3-pointers as if they were layups.

Yes, he did a great job when he was out in transition.

– Yes, the offensive numbers were overwhelming in the first half, with 70 (70!) points at half-time.

– And yet it was about the other end.

– The defense that made the Celtics the best team in the NBA in the second half of the season.

– This is the code the Heat must crack now, featuring Marcus Smart and Al Horford.

– where Robert Williams and Grant Williams take them to the next level.

– The one where Jimmy Butler can’t shoot free throws as an offensive bailout of the Heat.

For months, the heat has worked to defend itself.

– and he has often been quite good.

Also enough to incite crime.

— but it is now, where Tyler Harrow has to take it to another level.

– Or Victor Oladipo.

— or where the Heat’s 3-pointers have to flow like the Celtics’ on Thursday.

The winning streak in the house is over.

— and now there should be a playoff road win.

– without the convenience of how they got to Atlanta or Philadelphia.

– Three rounds in, the challenge arguably begins now.

– With Kyle Lowry out again, Gabe Vincent was again in the Heat starting lineup.

– With the other four from Butler, Bam Adebayo, PJ Tucker and Max Strauss.

– At the start, Butler tied Moses Malone and Dennis Rodman in the 80th spot on the NBA’s all-time playoff list, surpassing Kenyon Martin.

– Beginning with, Butler also replaced Goran Dragic in ninth place on the Heat all-time playoff list.

– Butler also replaced Dan Mazerle and Jamal Mashburn in 18th place on the Heat all-time playoff list.

– With Smart and Horford coming back for the Celtics, he debuted alongside Jetton Tatum, Jaylen Brown and Robert Williams.

– Smart, who was recently named the 2022 NBA Defensive Player of the Year, started defensively against Butler.

– Making it nothing like Game 1 for Butler.

– Tyler Harrow and Dwayne Deadman entered the first two of the heats as reserves.

– With the appearance, the Harrows tied Chris Anderson in 17th place on the Heat all-time playoff list.

– Victor Oladipo followed.

— and then Caleb Martin for Nine Deep.

Later it reached Duncan Robinson’s position.

– Vincent’s second assist propelled him to 24th place on the Heat all-time playoff list to Shane Battier.

– Butler hit several milestones, including passing Sidney Moncrieff, Terry Porter, Rick Barry and Joe Johnson on the NBA’s all-time playoff scoring list, while also passing Mario Chalmers in fifth place on the Heat all-time playoff scoring list.

– Butler’s sixth conversion off the field left him behind Dick Barnett in 99th place on the NBA’s all-time playoff list.

– Heat coach Eric Spoelstra was asked from Pregame about being proactive or reactive with his coaching adjustments.

– “I don’t know,” he said. “It’s really, like it’s very broad. It depends on the game. Depends on who you ask. I know, it usually comes down to, you know, ball in the air, ball on the floor , which is conquering those big-muscle areas.”

– Wasn’t too proactive or reactive in it.

– When the Heat beat the Celtics in the 2020 East Finals, it was with a heavy dose of Zone. Spoelstra was asked this time about the possibility.

– “It depends,” he said. “You know, the team we had two years ago is completely different. So similar [don’t] Looks like you can compare it. It just depends on what’s called for in the game.”

– Spoelstra was asked again on Thursday about Adebayo’s defensive versatility.

– “We have a lot of guys who are committed defensively, but you know, for us to be the best version of our defense, it’s in large part due to Baum and his toughness, his versatility, his size, his quickness. , because of his ability. Defend in any plan, ”said Spoelstra. “We think in the last two or three years he could be in talks for the Defensive Player of the Year because of that. And this year Our team defense also backed it. Yeah, so that’s important to what we do.”

– Celtics coach Ime Udoka admitted on Thursday that his team’s drop coverage in Game 1 could be much deeper than a drop.

– “I think we were way too far behind with our elders,” he said. “We didn’t want them too far behind. So the adjustments we want to make are especially with Hero and some of them want to come out and shoot.”

Among those in the crowd is former heat guard Mario Chalmers celebrating his 36th birthday.

— as was former Heat Championship guard Jason Williams.


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