Yeah, but at that stage we had been down by nearly 20 on numerous times, after getting scorched by Rozier on LeBron/TT. It was a bit late
That's not really true though. They're not forcing the switch at all. We are just refusing to fight through / go under the pick. Even Mark freakin' Jackson was picking up on this.
Actually I think there were a lot of switches in Games 1 and 2 that worked pretty well and forced LeBron into bad shots. I don't mind the switches, just pack the paint and be ready to close out on shooters. You need effort from all 5 guys and it's going to work... except now you're perhaps getting effort from one guy. If that.
Let me repeat myself: Brad doesn't do adjustments! He needs three days to mull it over, because he's "cerebral". Unfortunately, an NBA game lasts 48 minutes so that's too bad for him...
I'd like to see someone ask Brad about that post game.
Pathetic effort for the second game in a row. Getting outworked and outhustled by guys that have been slugs all year like Korver, Hill and Thompson.Many here fail to give the Cavs credit. They're playing well, hustling and still have LeBron. Their rebounding really gives the Celtics problems.
That might have a little something to do with them going big and us refusing to respond and staying small, all while switching everything and gifting them mismatches to exploit left and right.
I mean, that's the thing - it has clearly not been working the entire series and was amplified in game 3, yet there still was no adjustment!
It's inexcusable that we didn't make any adjustments to that for game 4 and allowed them to abuse us in mismatches due to this scheme.
Yeah, switches with the swings or bigs (or Smart), which nobody is really complaining about, as they can hold their own.
The last two games they consistently tried to switch Rozier on either Lebron or the bigs, which clearly hasn't worked at all as that's just too much of a mismatch to overcome.
Wow. You are so missing this. The Celtics did not try to switch Rozier onto Lebron. The Cavs are forcing the mismatch. They aren't running a pick with Tatum's man. They run the pick with George Hill. This isn't a question of Brad trying to put Rozier on Lebron, this is a question of the Cavs trying to create a mismatch. Pretty much how all basketball teams work. This is basketball 101.
In fact, Brad made the adjustment with Horford as the help defender off of the switch when Jaylen had to make the switch, with Terry being forced to identify and close out on the open man.
The Cavs are trying to force the mismatch, but we're letting them
The adjustment on the switch, without abandoning the switch, was made in the second half. Boneheaded plays by Rozier and Smart cost us the game. Not the switching. It actually brought us back into the game.
You would've thought that we were at an advantage with rozier on lebron the way he was just forcing the switch. Rozier has done this all year. Instead of fighting through weak screens he switches onto the other guy way to early and without any resistance to the screen. There was one play last night where he ran back to his man after being screened and it was in the 4th qtr and was because smart yelled at him to get the freak back on his man.
Some of the stuff we've seen the past 2 games is just really simple basketball that our guys can't wrap their heads around. Pretty embarrassing