The Boston Celtics lead from start to finish last night and finally looked like the Celtics we saw during the regular season. The only problem was, the Pistons exposed the two weaknesses that I pointed out in my first blog last week. What's amazing, is how long it took a team to do just that. These coaches, and their staffs, get paid millions of dollars to study film and figure out a game plan of attack. Until last night, no one (except me, of course) had figured it out! Doc Rivers is the worst "in-game" decision making coach in the league and Rajon Rondo is not a point guard.
With about 4 minutes to go in the third quarter, Flip Saunders decided to try something new (and all it took was a 20 pt deficit). The Pistons ran a basic 1-2-2 half court trap and Rondo looked like he had never seen one of those before. The first time down he dribbled right into the trap and turned the ball over. Next time down he decided to dribble through the trap and attempt to score, only to run over a Piston defender who was waiting to take a charge. It only got worse from there. Time after time, Rondo would dribble into the trap, jump in the air and throw a cross-court rainbow pass, or make some other horrendous decision. The worst part about it was, Doc NEVER changed a thing! He didn't substitute , he didn't call a timeout, he didn't even put anyone in the middle of the court (first thing you learn in junior high basketball is get the ball to the middle of the court), he didn't do anything!
I look for the Pistons to consistently change defenses next game and confuse the crap out of both Doc and his great point guard Rondo (this technique is something high school coaches use because it seems to trick high school point guards and coaches). I can't wait for them too zoom in on Doc's face, when game 4 spiraling out-of-control, because the Pistons decided to run something other than a man-to-man defense. His clueless, but pretending to be upset and focused, look is priceless (see photo).