After dropping Game 1 of the playoffs to the Cleveland Cavaliers, Avery Bradley and the Boston Celtics hit the film room Monday morning, looking to change things up before Game 2 tips off tomorrow night at the Quicken Loans Arena.
Everyone should expect to see a different team, We were able to watch film [Monday] morning and we know what we need to improve on. We know how we need to execute on the offensive end. That's our main focus going into [Game 2].
Let's hope we see a different Avery Bradley. Nerves had to have played a role in his performance, because it's not often we see him struggle like he did shooting the ball. A hand in the face doesn't usually bother A.B. that badly. He seemed to be confident that the Celtics would shake off the rust from Game 1 and right their mistakes after watching the game tape with Coach Brad Stevens and his teammates.
Stevens was asked if he's given thoughts to shortening his rotation moving forward. His response was that it's more likely they'd try to accentuate their depth and keep the deep rotation.
We talk about [the rotation] every minute of every day, but we got a lot of good performances at times from a lot of different guys, We'll figure that out. But the biggest thing is we have to utilize our depth as an advantage. And continue to move in that regard.
One thing that I think needs to be addressed by Boston is some sort of rotation for who is covering Kyrie Irving at all times, as well as when to switch on pick & rolls, and when not to. I'd like to never have to see the matchup below happen again in this series. That's one the Celtics will lose every time.
Defensively, no one on the Boston Celtics had an answer for Irving in Game 1. I think the Celtics can get away with putting Isaiah Thomas on J.R. Smith, Iman Shumpert or Matthew Dellavedova when they are in the game, keeping Bradley or Marcus Smart locked on Kyrie Irving.
They tried this in Game 1 a few times, and though it didn't necessarily work, it's still the plan I would employ to combat Irving's other-worldly offensive talents. Thomas is too undersized and outmatched to cover Kyrie, and the Celtics will need all his energy on offense. Can't afford to have him in foul trouble.
The Celtics are going to need to come up with some kind of answer to stop Irving on defense, because we all know Lebron James isn't going to keep as quiet as he did in Sunday's game. Let's hope there was a part of that film session dedicated to offensive rebounding also.