We often wonder what opposing teams, their beat reporters and bloggers are saying about the Celtics. Here’s a look at some enemy chatter from Brooklyn.
“Did you see Paul Pierce hit that pull-up 3-pointer (with 24 seconds left to get them within two)?” Johnson asked reporters. “I had in my mind that he was probably gonna do it again, so I played the foul game. It’s a coaching decision. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t.”
Teams don’t normally foul in a two-possession game. So why would Johnson? Does he not trust his defense?
“It’s not about trust. It’s a strategy. You do what you gotta do to win, and that’s what we thought was the appropriate strategy,” he replied.
It was Paul Pierce’s two missed free throws before that pull-up three pointer that altered the course of the game. Those makes would have kept it a one possession game.
You might think running clock is your priority when leading by 4 with less than 20 seconds remaining, but Avery Johnson was content with turning the game into a free-throw shooting contest. That’s not a risky strategy, considering Deron Williams and Joe Johnson are both career 80% FT shooters.