|Posted by shawn cassidy on March 6, 2013 at 11:40 PM|
This is nothing new for the Celtics, and it's been played out in many different ways through the years. We've seen Pierce, and KG time and time again take game winning baskets. I was a bit worried that Pierce would take a bad shot, just to take the final shot. Of course Pierce has bailed the Celtics out before, and he's hit his fair share of game winners, but this was a game that didn't need hero ball. If the Celtics wanted to steal this game it had to be together, and it had to be smart.
What's great about Doc is that he leaves his ego at the door, and it's portrayed by most of his players. Doc listened to his staff, and they set up the best play possible.
"I had drawn up another play and Armond Hill walked over and, he rarely does it, he said, ‘Hey, listen, the play you drew up from the first half worked, let’s run it again,’" explained Rivers. "And so I switched to the play he wanted me to run. And it was great, it worked out perfectly."
The coaches drew up the play, but the players had to execute it. Pierce set a picture perfect pick for Green to get free, and KG made a great pass on point. Green almost lost the ball, but with every ounce of athleticism Green picked up the pieces and put in the winning layup.
KG: "I saw Jeff Green open at the basket, and then I saw help come across the baseline, I thought I had a little bit extra on it, but he was open off the initial [move]. I just had to make sure he took the corner and I hit him with the pass. The first time I did it in the first quarter, I noticed, obviously Hibbert is a very long guy... I noted to myself to wait until Jeff turned the corner and the guys' hands go down. Second time, I just did that. I pump-faked and his hands went up, I saw his adjustment... and threw it right over the top of his hands to Jeff. Jeff made a tough, difficult layup for the game."
Green: "I had to come down with it first. The pass was high and I knew I had to come down, gather myself, and go up strong... I wanted the ball. But I had to be a great decoy and, like always, all the attention went to Paul and Kev. They doubled Kev on the pass and Kev made a great pass over the double-team. I went up, tried to go up strong and win it... I'm really happy it went in. Great pass by Kev, great execution by us. It was a great draw-up by Doc."
Pierce: "It was great, especially when you come away with the win. Good things happen when you execute -- being in the right spot, setting the screen. It showed tonight. Everybody was in the right spot."
Rivers: "It was executed great. We got it down to the last second, either Kevin was going to try to hit Jeff -- the whole play was about Paul Pierce’s back pick. He was terrific. He set a nice back pick. [The Pacers] got a little mixed up. And Jeff had to make a tough shot. They doubled Kevin, so the pass was a little bit off mark. And Jeff had to adjust. Great when you win on execution... It’s great when you draw up a play and then the guys know the play, and you can hear them, 'Yeah, this is a good one for us.’ It doesn’t mean it’s going to work. But you know they are going to run it with confidence. Right when we drew that up, you could hear them say, ‘This is good.’ And they told Kevin, 'Kevin, we had it in the first quarter,’ he got it deflected, it was the exact same play and I think Paul said, ‘We had this in the first quarter, don’t get the ball deflected.’ So they had confidence in it, and when a group has confidence in anything you do, you have a chance that it’s going to work."
Doc is probably the best coach in the East. Does he get enough credit for this current run by the Celtics. Doc was hell bent after the Celtics beat Miami on the day that they lost Rondo. " You can write our obituary, but I'm not." He's got a high basketball I.Q, and he knows how to motivate. Finding a coach that knows how motivate in the NBA feels impossible in this day and age. But Doc knows how to reach these guys, and the next chapter of this story could be written by Doc's want, and desire to motivate and win.