The constant hounding of JJ Redick
Now, on to the defense, and a very good one at that. In the regular season, the Celtics ranked first in team defense. Against Philadelphia, they showed why.
JJ Redick, Philly’s three point specialist and potential X-factor, never quite got it going. It wasn’t any fault of Redick. All series, every player on the court was aware of where number 17 was. Coming off screens, he was double teamed or swarmed. Off the ball, Jaylen Brown and Terry Rozier were adept at chasing him around. Even on the ball off handoffs, Redick barely got an open shot.
When Redick got a wide open three to put the Sixers up 5 in Game 5, he missed. After being hounded all game, frustrated after missed shots and turnovers, he seemed to get in his own head. Even when he was open, the Boston Celtics had JJ Redick locked up. His impact was not allowed to be felt.