Discussion in '2008 Playoffs' started by max, May 18, 2008.
Wow. Lots of Celtics fans, perhaps?
Agreed. We did not sweep in the first two rounds, and Boston is a tougher team than either Orlando or Philly.
Things I look for in this first game:
Beyond the basics, someone will have to step up and play big. Pressure will be on the Celtics to do this.
Pistons need to stay in their mid-range game and force the Celtics will single looks.
Watch how the refs call body contact, especially on drives. This is the Achilles heel for the pistons (JD had chances to change this) and favors the Celtics.
CB needs to get over the show time and wear himself out from the get-go. No temerity. He needs to penetrate or the pistons will try and out-shoot from the 3 pt. line as time runs out.
If Rondo is aggressive from the beginning and gains confidence then he will spread the pistons. If Allen takes over from there, you have trouble.
Do not...do not, underestimate PJ. A savvy vet who can kill you offensively at the right time. He is the type who won't start or finish, but merely stops the bleeding when the team is reeling.
But if we don't, we might not.
I'll even go as far as bet my 401k that if we lose game one we won't sweep them.
excellent post. I would say that you'd have to look for guys to play big for short stretches rather than an entire game. You might have heroics from one guy for a whole game but mostly it will be like Maxiell in the 4th or Sheed in the 3rd.
Last minute keys to the game (well, sorta) before i fall off the face of the earth again . . . It's finals week :icon_evil:
Rebound! The have outrebounded us by almost an avg of 10.
Play AA. He makes things happen defensively. Rondo, Allen, or try him on Pierce. Whatever is needed.
If Chaunce is getting killed by Rondo's pen, don't wait too long to switch things up (like after he's scored 15 pts, and we're down by 15)
If Max is struggling, throw Amir in. Throw Amir in anyway. But use Theo only if neccessary.
Let Stuck attack. Please minimize the Stuck/Linds pair to not at all.
Sheed needs to stay with KG.
The Cavs defensive scheme on Allen was great. Use that. In fact the Cavs whole defensive scheme on BOS was great, use all of it.
BOS runs essentially three plays; the PP/KG pick and roll, the Rondo/KG pick and roll, the KG post up at the elbow. Make sure Max/Sheed/Amir are the bigs that have to play those pnr's. If PP kills us with pen, we're screwed.
Most importantly they need to keep their cool, and move the ball. Our FG% against BOS is an avg of 35% or so while they are shooting 45% against us. The only category we have outplayed them is in turnovers. That won't be enough.
edited to add; Tay needs to step his offensive game up. Pierce has hut him down.
I have been joking about it but I hope Flip has enough sense to unleash AA in this series for more than 5 second stretches.
Cavs actually used Pistons' defensive scheme to slow down Allen.
Then why has Allen gone off on us so much in the past? I have to pay better attention.
Ok then use our defensive scheme against Allen, and the Cavs scheme against everyone else.
When he was making fadeaway 3-pointers with a hand in his face no defense could stop him. Now he looks tentative and misses wide open shots. Hopefully he can stay at the same level throughout this series.
swapping the def assignments in this series might be interesting, move billiups over to ray allen for periods of time and bring aa in to guard rondo if rondo is hurting us with his drives.... I think if billiups is healthy we will see more of AA this series, its just tough playing two rookies on the court together in the playoffs, also could see abit of AJ more in this series depending on how things go... I think he fit this series much better then the orlando series. Unless there are series foul issues, theo probably sits most this series.
looks like we have done well against him over the years. 3.4 points 3.4 percent shooting 7.8 percent from 3 point range while shooting 1.2 less attempts... on the negative he averages 1.1 more rebounds, .4 assists, and .1 less to's in comparing his career detroit stats vs his career stats.
this is funny knowing that there game posts are only 8 compared to the 50 + here. lol
all i want to say is I AM READY!!!! been waiting all season for this, LET'S GO DETROIT!!!!
I have a Monster Feel that we're going to steal this first game. Seriously.
I sure hope you're correct.
I'm feeling good about this game 1!
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