Recent content by CreightonGubanich

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    The Heat is on, ECF here we come!

    True, but there are ways to avoid switching while not conceding open drives to the rim. Trapping is one, though that doesn't make any sense here. Going under the screen is another - conceding open jumpers behind the screen, but making sure you wall off the driving lane. That might make sense...
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    The Heat is on, ECF here we come!

    It's hard to disagree with Draymond at this point, but he's essentially proposing that the Celtics go back to what most people thought they should avoid at the start of this series - switching the pick and roll, which will lead to Miami hunting mismatches. It'll result in lots of possessions...
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    The Heat is on, ECF here we come!

    This is correct. We've been having the same discussion dating back to when Paul Pierce used to attempt fall-away 18 footers at the buzzer. Every team in the league does this, and rightly so. You just cannot give the ball back to the other team, via rebound or turnover, whether you score or not...
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    The Heat is on, ECF here we come!

    Man, three bad games for Kemba and people want him benched for Brad freaking Wanamaker. If he's hurt, sure, he shouldn't be playing 40+ minutes. If he's just in a funk, you let him play himself out of it, because the Celtics title aspirations are dead in the water without him anyway. Wanamaker...
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    The Heat is on, ECF here we come!

    I guess I'm feeling more optimistic than most here, even after the devastating ending. Miami is really, really good, and that game was basically decided on a coin flip. Both teams had chances at it, Miami made more plays, the Bam block in particular. I thought overall, the Celtics were fine. It...
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    The Heat is on, ECF here we come!

    I'm still going to challenge it; a healthy Kemba Walker isn't going to lose minutes to Brad Wanamaker. And while, if everyone is healthy, I think we could see stretches where Smart plays with the starters, I don't think it'll materially decrease Kemba's minutes. I don't buy that Jimmy Butler...
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    Celtics-Raptors 2nd Round--Dethrone the Champs

    Have we really seen Kanter play more against smaller lineups, though? Anecdotally, it seems like the opposite - Kanter plays more against bigger centers he can credibly defend one-on-one in the post. If there's been one constant in Enes Kanter's career, it's that he becomes unplayable in certain...
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    Celtics-Raptors 2nd Round--Dethrone the Champs

    I loved what I saw from Tatum in the second half last night. Toronto kept throwing extra help defenders at him, trapping him on every pick and roll, and Tatum just kept making the right play every time. The six assists were nice, but he had several passes out of double teams where he didn't just...
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    2019-2020 Celtics Regular Season Thread

    I don't think we can totally discount the possibility of the Celtics deciding to just play their five best players for significant stretches of the playoffs, either, with Tatum as the nominal five. He's come far enough as a rim protector that what they gain in matchups on the offensive end may...
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    Let's talk goalkeepers and goalkeeping

    Thanks for this. As a keeper, I agree with you that the adage that keepers should never be beaten near post is maddening. That said, as mentioned, forcing the striker into the higher-difficulty shot attempt often means cheating over towards the near post. One other thing that's always bugged me...
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    2020 Pats: QB Edition

    Maybe a little Luck on St. Paddy's Day? (totally kidding.)
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    Looking Forward: Building around Jayson Tatum

    I think Jayson Tatum is a foundational defensive player - you can build your defense around his ability to switch any pick and roll, and be a disruptive force as a weak side help defender who can still recover on closeouts. He shuts off an entire side of the floor defensively, while being a good...
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    Looking Forward: Building around Jayson Tatum

    I agree that I'm not convinced the team needs to shake up its top five players. I'm trying to think of trades that would maximize Tatum as a foundational superstar, and I'm having a hard time doing it. Really, the ideal would be to package some combination of their current assets to land an...
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    Beilein to Cavs as new HC

    He was the first guy I thought of, and I didn't realize how long Snyder had been away from college basketball before coaching Utah. I thought he had a quick stint as an NBA assistant, but he had actually been out of the NCAA since leaving Missouri in 2006, with a bunch of NBA assistant gigs...