Let’s try playing some offense
On the offensive end, the Boston Celtics weren’t much better to start the game. Milwaukee seemed to know every play, and here’s where that “open shot” stat would come in handy. It seemed like every trip down the Celtics were taking contested shots and getting blocked at the rim. It is a testament to Milwaukee how good their defense was, but as we saw in the second half it wasn’t THAT good.
35 points in one half is unacceptable. Taking two and a half quarters to move the ball and get open shots is unacceptable. If I had to pick the biggest difference from Boston to Milwaukee, it would be just that: the sudden decrease in open shots and especially the decrease in making open shots.
The biggest swingers have clearly been Marcus Morris and Terry Rozier. In the first two games those two shot 29/63 (46 percent). In the last two, they are shooting 11/41 (27 percent). Not only are getting less open shots, but they are missing more of them. Those two need to get back their rythym in Boston.
It would also be great if Jayson Tatum could be effective for more than just a few possessions at a time. I get it, he’s a rookie and has barely sniffed any playoff air. But I’m setting the bar high for him. We all have all seen what he can do and expect him to come through when it matters most. There was someone on the roster who was doing just that. His name is Jaylen Brown.