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What the hell was up with the Celtics last play against Orlando

Posted by shawn cassidy on January 20, 2014 at 2:10 AM

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I wasn't a fan of the last play, and I felt like it should have been Rondo's shot. I know Green was the player they were feeding in the 4th, but he's not the captain. Green made a living on the foul line with 13 makes Sunday. But he missed the go-ahead free throw that the Celtics needed to take a 92-91 lead. So what was supposed to happen in that botched final play?


What follows is an account in their words:

Green: “I was supposed to come off and shoot a 3, but Big Baby (Glen Davis) came out. I tried to get a driving lane, didn’t have it. They collapsed in the paint, I tried to kick it out for Avery. But there wasn’t enough time.”

Head coach Brad Stevens: “I thought we had some openings on it. I don’t think we were perfect on screening and stuff, but I thought we had some openings. It just didn’t go our way with that. Jeff probably thought he didn’t have enough time to get that shot off, but driving right was the right thing, and then Big Baby stepped in front of him and doubled him. Then he made the right play with a baseline drift pass and Avery just couldn’t come up with the pass, and that’s why he ended up driving it at the end of the play.”

Bradley on whether he lost track of time: “I think it was a mix. Not only that, I kind of sped up a little bit. But like I said, we had a chance. I don’t think that one play is why we lost the game. We still had a change. The thing tonight is we weren’t able to get stops consistently the whole game. It showed in the last quarter when we were just trading buckets with them. That hurt us a lot.”

Stevens thought Green had a good look, but he also felt like the screen wasn't excuted crisp enough to allow Green the clean look at the three. Overall, Green wasn't the worst choice at the final shot, but not what I wanted to see.

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