It’s always cool when someone explains a game to you who has been there. It is even better that this direct expert does not talk to reporters and avoids clichés, but explains to his colleagues what they really need to do better – and you can just listen. The NBA provided Marcus Smart with a microphone during Game 1 of the Final Series between the Golden State Warriors and the Boston Celtics; And the Celtics game maker gave a great analysis of how this game went.
“Don’t fall away,” he warned his teammates at first, and it was true: they were waiting for the Warriors to play, and their long-time sniper Steve Curry had thrown without a line or a pass to fellow cute Clay Thompson—who also threw on the spot; Once Curry ran right back after the pass, knowing that Thompson would score anyway. It was as if someone had given sleeping pills to the Celtics. But it was a waiting strategy that didn’t work. “We have to do it differently,” Smart said. “You have to get closer and closer, to this situation you can then let yourself go.”
On the floor, Smart set his instructions: “Change, change” – a request to surrender opponents. A short break, then again: “Change, change” – until Smart is satisfied. Now it looked as if every Celtics player had thrown in two pots of coffee; A ten-point deficit in the middle of the second quarter is two points ahead at the break. “I told you, this is how you work,” Smart said as his teammates were celebrating shortly before halftime.
Boston turns their late-season deficit into a landslide win
The game ended 120-108 for the Celtics as there were more tactical changes in the second half – which gave a glimpse of how their best of seven streak is likely to go.
Golden State responded to the Celtics’ strategic changes and attacked the basket, sparking player deliveries that were right for them and also trusting people like Otto Porter from the three-point streak. While it seems simple how they direct snipers to unchallenged throws; But it is very complicated. It’s a mess ruled by an incredible amount of work and patience. It takes time for the opponent to adapt to it. Once again, the Celtics seemed asleep.
Now go ahead, and push Carrie there,” Smart said. So: Push Carrey to the left, and from there he throws a little more wobbly. And towards the end of the match, they were back to where they started tactically – but now it’s spot on. Partial score for the last 310 seconds of the game: 17:5 for Boston. “It was clear that things were going to be like this,” Smart said after the match – not to his teammates, but to a reporter on the field: “Adapt, adapt, adapt!”
It’s about adapting, adapting, adapting
In fact, there are still people who say before such a final series: “I hope the best wins” and really believe in it. Those who were amazed by the result of the Champions League final shake their heads and philosophize about luck and the gods. These NBA Finals are a symbol of that: Yes, quality matters, no one would get that far without it. But it stops now: Who is lying to whom? Who puts himself how and to his opponent? Who can improve or even change their game during the series – or even during the game?
Instead of “May the best win,” she says: I hope those who cope better with their opponents win. Or: Adjust, adjust, adjust!
When basketball becomes high-speed chess
It starts with toy makers and pitchers. The Warriors have three (Klay Thompson, Steph Curry, Jordan Paul) who can pick a game on their own even on the right days. They align perfectly now, but in the playoffs they didn’t have an opponent they could defend against like the Celtics. On the other hand, these Celtics never had to face a triple threat before, and now it’s tactically fun, like high-speed chess.
In previous rounds, the Celtics had outpaced opponents the Brooklyn Nets and Miami Heat (restricted: both with injuries and little training to play), which experts rated as better opponents, on the defensive because the Boston defenders have enough versatility for it. They did in that first game, but Smart then warned over and over again: “This isn’t Miami. You can’t wait, you have to be close to the start of the play – and then stick with it.”
It is often about imposing your own tactics on the opponent
Quite simply, it works like this in basketball: the attacker wants to put the player in a promising position with the hot-throw hand, from which he must then throw without pressure. Wanting the defense to achieve the opposite, the shaky bowler should finish as frantically as possible – so it often comes down to this: who can impose one tactic on another, one way or the other? Now, for the second game, can warriors create better head-to-head duels with these Celtics deliveries? How do they get players who don’t curry I mean in better locations? “Watch the movie and then adjust,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said afterwards.
This series is not only interesting because of the amazing actions, but because viewers can tactically puzzle and get vivid explanations of what to pay attention to through the microphones. Game two takes place Monday night (2 a.m. German time), again in San Francisco. Those who cope better with their opponent may win.