Before the second quarter against the Los Angeles Clippers, the Boston Celtics led by four points. According to initial signs, a mix of crude offensive and defensive possessions would eventually give way to a major Celtic onslaught, and then there would be cruise control late in the game.
Brandon Boston Jr had other intentions.
According to Cleaning The Glass, the Celtics rank 8th in transitional defense, limiting the teams to 107.4 points per 100 transitional possessions. However, they often seem vulnerable when it comes to holding back fast guards or wings in an open field. After Boston surrendered seven points from their five ball losses in the first half, it appears that Ty Lue directed his team to stand under his opponents, force mistakes and then punish their inability to get back on the ground.
Of course, the Celtics helped the Clippers carry out their game plan and often spun the ball due to some silly mistakes or false passes, much to Ime Udoka's frustration.
"The hassle and inconsistency is frustrating at times. We talked about this kid (Boston Jr.), especially him. But to play as well as we did in the first quarter, I mean, if you look at that, we have three quarters won. " unlike in the second quarter with this advantage of 39:23. Like I said, dug us a hole and much of it was done with the loss of the ball. Boston, we talked about how he recently scored 43 in the G-League. and on this team, his logs went up, up, up, and I felt like we were surprised by him, and we talked about him specifically. Just like I mentioned, KYP, "Know Your Personnel," know who's playing, and this boy is having a lot of fun with Paul George and a couple of guys out there. But the effort and inconsistency of this part is frustrating, playing the way you did in the second half and failing to muster that energy in the first half. or really the second quarter is a little frustrating. "
Passes like the one in this piece will always piss a trainer mad when there isn't enough zing on them or when more accessible passes are available – think of Aaron Nesmith in the corner on this one. Tatum had already pulled the defense into the center post area. A quick dump-off to Nesmith could have resulted in a three-way attempt in an open corner, which Tatum wanted to produce with his swing pass.
That turnover was just one in seven in the second quarter, which allowed the Clippers to score an easy 15 points, which was 38.5% of their offensive during that stretch. The beneficiary of these open court items? Is correct! Boston Jr. The rookie wing added 10 points to his record thanks to the ball losses and mixed in a formidable rim finish with some bold transitional chin-ups that if he'd missed them he would probably have gone on the bench.
So here we have a quick, ripped wing attacking the Celtics in transition with no sales that were essentially gift wrapped. It could be December, but Christmas is still two weeks away.
The Celtics need to do a better job in challenging transition games. We all hear about how everyone hates the take foul, which involves fouling early in the transition to protect yourself from the drive.
Nor can we dissuade Tatum from how he defended this property. When you're the only one back in transition, you'll have to push the ball handler away from the hoop, preferably towards its weaker hand, or hit it out of color and pressurize it to wait for help.
With this possession, Josh Richardson does a good job of pushing Boston Jr. away from the paint, but gives up too much of an angle with his hip positioning and is cooked with a crossover behind his back. Richardson can live with that; he'd done enough to slow the transition game down and allow the help defenses to slide over – or you'd have thought so. Dennis Schroder, who always turns on the jets so quickly when attacking the rim, slows down to a dawdling as soon as he sees the crossover instead of whizzing on the shot to change the trigger point of Boston Jr.
Of course, one cannot blame individuals for defensive possessions. This side of the ball is much more team-oriented, but you have to be proud to be the only person standing between the edge and a goalscorer.
It should come as no surprise that the Celtics collapsed when the Clippers started increasing the pressure. Boston shot a dismal 22.2% from depth on the 2-of-9 shooting in the second quarter and only hit 45% from the field. You can't win games if you stumble around giving up simple buckets and not chasing your own shots on the offensive at the same time.
The Celtics quickly learn that a lousy neighborhood can make the difference between victory and defeat and that in the close battles you need a certain amount of pride to support yourself. But surely the whole point of adding more veterans into the summer was that the Celtics didn't have to relearn those lessons. Isn't that the point of restricting the development of young executives? What else is the point?
Same mistakes, same breakdowns, same problems – different rotation players, different coaching staff. Let's hope the team understands where their mistakes came from and fixes them before they face the Phoenix Suns on Friday.