When the sport is on the road within the fourth quarter, the ball belongs within the arms of your greatest participant.
Brad Stevens labored all through the fourth on Monday night time to run performs that might place the rock within the arms of Jayson Tatum. The thought was easy: get Tatum the ball on the transfer, not simply standing on the wing the place he’d should play one-on-one with Garrett Temple, a cagey veteran and terrific particular person defender.
Stevens dialed up a couple of large pindowns, the place Tatum would begin within the nook and are available off a display from Thompson so he may catch and rapidly assault center. From a playcalling standpoint, all of the coach can do is dial up a set that creates a paint contact. The remaining is on the gamers to transform upon and make the proper selections.
The large pindown was designed not simply to get Tatum the ball on the transfer however to capitalize on the Chicago Bulls’ defensive protection. Temple was instructed to “prime lock” Tatum, that means every time he sensed a display was coming he would leap to Jayson’s prime shoulder and attempt to forestall him from utilizing the display.
By emptying out a whole aspect of the ground, Tatum had choices to go beneath the display and free himself from the protection whereas nonetheless getting the ball in house:
The Celtics went again to the motion a couple of possessions later, this time for Jaylen Brown. As a substitute of top-locking Brown, his defender Denzel Valentine would “lock and path” the display, staying in Brown’s hip pocket and following him excessive of the display.
Whereas the protection was totally different, the end result was the identical: center penetration for a scorer that finally broke down the Bulls protection and result in a layup:
This set play is extremely versatile — it really works in opposition to each units of defensive protection and will get high quality photographs for Boston’s greatest gamers.
That’s why it’s no shock the Celtics went again to it within the remaining two minutes, hoping to get one other simple search for their greatest scorers. This time, a sturdy Tristan Thompson display was in a position to assist Tatum shake free excessive:
Regardless of the tough taking pictures night time, Tatum posted a triple-double and has earned the ball in his arms throughout crunch time. When he and Brown are the focus of the offense, using them in off-ball actions like large pindowns is an effective way to present them as a lot of a bonus pre-catch as potential.