You can't even make this stuff up.
The layups were nice, but they did get the Celtics away from what they do best. They took 26 3-pointers, their second-lowest total over the last two years. “I don’t think 26 3s is a recipe for our success as a team," Mazzulla said.
We lost last night because... we didn't shoot enough threes!
Not the 16 turnovers, not the atrocious defense. In spite of the 58.7% shooting and easy layups, it's the lack of threes that cost us the game.
I swear, if I was Wyc I'd fire him today.
This quote does seem strange. It is true that PHI had 38 3PA to our 26. PHI made 45%, we made 38.5%. That is 51 points to 30 points from 3. That is a big difference. Joe didn't say this very well but it is a point of strategy. We need to defend so that they get fewer 3s and attack so we get more 3s, at least more than the ratio in this game. I am OK with that.
More concerning to me though is the 89 overall shot attempts by PHI to 75 by BOS. Those 14 extra shots for PHI, many of them turning out to be 3s, is where the meat is. Most of these extra shots are due to turnovers (16 to 6). FTs/fouls (18 FTA to 12) was a factor also, we had more possessions that resulted in FTs, reducing our FGAs, which is OK, the good side of attacking. To me, this is where the main coaching focus should be, take care of the ball! Attacking to draw fouls is good too, but many of our "attacks" resulted in sloppy turnovers. Executing the offense to get a few more 3s is a secondary (to reducing TOs) focus, at best. But I would rather jack a 3 than dribble into a crowd that results in a TO. I think that is Mazzulla's point. Hopefully he can communicate this better to the players than he sounded in the quote to the reporter.
Yeah, I think he's just wrong, for the reasons you articulated. If we took the exact same shots, we would have won going away if we had either played some semblance of defense, or lowered our turnovers. The shot selection wasn't the issue, as our offense was extremely efficient.
I worry that Joe is preaching to the team that they somehow did something wrong by attacking the basket and getting a bunch of layups. Only an idiot coach would be disappointed with his team getting so many inside shots and baskets, and yet here we are.
yup and that really worries me.
So, for the people calling Joe an “idiot coach”.
The team finished the year under this “idiot coach” with the second best record in the league, a top-5 offense and defense. He helped keep their heads on straight in what could have been a disaster pi’s off-season. You’ll say he’s a basketball idiot, but he could run rings around you in his knowledge of the game. Walking on his hands.
And since we are going to talk about race, I’ve seen too many posts calling him into question as an affirmative action coach. Apparently, he’s got to work twice as hard to prove himself because of his race. If there is affirmative action in the NBA coaching ranks, then for a very long time it has been heavily in favor of white coaches.
You think Budenholzer is a better coach than Pop or Spo? He guided his team to a better record, and it wasn't close. If record is such a measure, then I'd like to know how he isn't a better coach.
He inherited a finals team that improved its roster over the summer. You don't have to be an amazing coach to rack up wins with the amount of talent this team has.
Yeah, he helped keep their heads on straight as long as the team wasn't playing against a weakened opponent. TBF, those games are not all his fault, but it keeps happening and he's yet to hold them accountable. That doesn't make him stupid however, just ineffective in this area. If he's going to remain coach, he has to figure out a way to get these guys to not take nights off during the playoffs.
He's called an idiot because he's the same guy that inexplicably allows his team to sink while hoarding TO's while also believing shooting more 3's is more important than good defense and taking care of the ball. IDK how to think differently because that's his main focus.
I'll never understand those who think that certain professionals are beyond reproach. If you take your car into be fixed and it never runs right, are you going to say "Well can't question the work because the mechanic know more about cars?" Think for yourself and stop worshiping authority.