Re: Where is the Celtic defense?
posted at 3/10/2011 12:49 PM EST
In Response to Re: Where is the Celtic defense?
[QUOTE]DeAndre Jordan had 7 dunks. He opened up dunking over KG and then got some dunks off horrible switching (Krstic backing off to let Rondo go thru on an inbounds play, Bledsoe going out of bounds throwing the ball back in to Jordan standing under the basket, Krstic stepping up to challenge Kaman allowing Jordan an offensive rebound and dunk put back, Foye easily beating Ray making Krstic step up allowing for an easy alley-oop dunk by Jordan). It's not like Jordan was dominant in the paint on basic sets. Kaman made two outside post jumpers and two inside shots (both difficult, especially the "up high" hook layup) so I don't think our interior defense was THAT bad. It appeared that it was so bad because our perimeter defense is was started it. If we cannot stop guys on the perimeter, our interior defense will suffer because it's predicated on the bigs stepping up "having their backs". That happened alot and the Clips converted alot of that. It starts with more committment on the perimeter. There were a few possessions where Ray and Arroyo and even Rondo bent their knees and played technically sound "MAN UP" defense. When you do that, the chances increase for turnovers and missed shots because they are challenged. We just did not do that enough (especially Rondo). MoWill totally disrupted our entire defensive strategy. Rondo cannot let that happen. They also had guys hit huge shots at the most critical of times. A 3 by Bledsoe, a 3 in the corner by Moon and Gomes 2 3-pointers were all critical momentum busters. To give up 30 points or more in 3 of the 4 quarters was totally unacceptable but we were a few missed shots away from pulling it out. Disappointing but not as bad as it seems.
Posted by Petey62[/QUOTE]
Petey, you make a lot of good points. But, why was it that Rondo's man was the one who killed us the most? Everyone makes some defensive mistakes. But, Rondo's man seemed to have MANY open looks which implies he made more than the average number of mistakes.
The reason I say the interior D was weaker than in the past is that we always have had to help on Ray and Rondo, but we're usually able to get that done with only one or two easy dunks by the other team. Those high percentage shots by Jordan really helped them build a lead and while the play may not have STARTED with bad interior D, the help interior D was not sufficient (and its been sufficient in the past. Ray is never going to stop Wade, Kobe, JRich, Gordon, Joe Johnson, and the other great shooting guards he has to play. But, the help D is usually there. Recently, its not been there and last night, it caught up with us.
So, I still say our help defense has to improve and while we can blame Ray and Rondo as the start of the problem on the perimeter, we have a defense that is supposed to help and we've lost that edge for a while.