The Boston Celtics are off to a tough begin standing at 2-5 after a tricky 128-114 loss towards the Bulls final evening. Celtics guard Marcus Smart was very open post-game about why the group is struggling to search out its footing thus far:
“Each group is aware of we’re going to Jayson [Tatum] and Jaylen [Brown], and each group is programmed and research to cease Jayson and Jaylen,” Good says, per CBS Sports. “I believe everyone’s scouting report is to make these guys try to cross the ball. They don’t need to cross the ball and that’s one thing that they’re going to be taught. They’re nonetheless studying and we’re pleased with the progress they’re making, however they’ll need to make one other step and discover methods to not solely create for themselves however create for others on this group.
“To open up the court docket for them later within the recreation the place they don’t at all times need to take these robust pictures or take robust matchups once they do get the 1-on-1 and see a lure. Simply studying that It’s one thing that we’ve been asking for them to do they usually’re studying. We simply acquired to proceed to assist these guys try this and assist our group.”
Good who scored 16 factors, one rebound, and 4 steals in final nights contest additionally expressed eager to be extra concerned offensively:
“There’s solely a lot I can do with out the ball in my fingers, I simply stand within the nook,” Good says, per CBS Sports.
“After we’re working performs to your finest gamers, each group is aware of that they usually do a superb job of shutting that down. We will’t permit that, once they shut that down we will’t preserve attempting to go to these guys, we gotta abort that and discover them one other method to get them the ball in spots that they want the ball. And like I stated for me, I can solely achieve this a lot standing within the nook, or after I come up and provides the ball away.”
The franchise ranks 27th in the League in isolation offense, scoring simply 0.74 factors per possession. Jaylen Brown ranks thirteenth on factors per possession whereas Tatum is thirty eighth within the league per the NBA. The Celtics are ranked 27th in the League with a 110.3 defensive rating and 19th in offensive rating at 104.6.