In terms of defense: we have given up 119+ points in five straight playoff games.
We gave up 119 points zero times in last year's playoffs.
But, no adjustments, no accountability.
This is more nuanced than stated. We are playing with more pace this playoff (101.1 vs. 95., but our DRTG is worse (116.3 vs. 106.3). Also, we are playing a 1 big line up (mostly) vs. a traditional 2 big line up which for the Celtics means that one of our best defenders (RWill) isn't playing as much.
I do think it is true that teams have figured out our switch everything defense. They just keep doing screens until they get Horford or another big on their scorer (Trae Young last series, Harden last night). Then they attack the mismatch. Last night, they were actually sliding the primary defender to stay with Harden, with Horford dropping after an initial show. This was an adjustment. Harden still hit nearly everything.
So what adjustment are you proposing? What form of accountability are you looking for?
Right. Our defensive rating is 10 points per 100 possessions worse. That's atrocious.
I agree, the numbers aren't good. What is your solution?
Hire a better coach who can tweak the defensive schemes, motivate the players, can incorporate two bigs consistently, and hold the players accountable. In other words, all the things Ime did. And, that coach should incorporate these concepts all year long, instead of allowing his team to "flip the switch".
Said coach should be able to do things at a better level than a 40-something attorney who posts on a message board a lot. Joe is supposed to be one of the top 30 coaches in the world. I'm not.
I guess the question that Vermont Green is getting at is, who would our solution to replace Joe be? Looking forward and not backwards, at first glance there are the following candidates:
Stan Van Gundy
Kenny Atkinson (turned down HC of Charlotte to stay with the Warriors as an assistant)
Mike D'Antoni (doesn't want a HC position but maybe he can be convinced?)
Not to mention college coaches possibly looking for a step into the NBA.
Any of those sound like they would be worth pursuing?
I actually wasn't going there, to me, the decision on the coach moving forward is an off season evaluation. I think the team should evaluate that. I am not sure that any on that list would dramatically change things, but the coach should be evaluated in the off season.
My question is that people are saying "our defense is bad", "we need to make an adjustment". But what adjustment do people want to see? Go zone? Stop the switch everything (which we partially did on Harden in game 1 anyway)? Play different line up combinations?
I said above, teams have figured out our switch everything defense (which is really Ime's defense). They did do some small adjustments off of this in the 4th (that is all I saw of the game). I did not think the defense was bad in the 4th. I didn't see that as the problem. We had too many turnovers (we had 4 in the 4th to PHI 2) and wasted possessions while PHI was making tough, contested shots.
I am not defending Joe, it is hard to really say how good a coach he is right now. Based on what I have seen, I think he is at least an average coach.