Ime Udoka does not intend to upset his defensive strategy on Stephen Curry

Ime Udoka does not intend to upset his defensive strategy on Stephen Curry

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With their “drop coverage”, the Celtics leave a lot of space for Stephen Curry, allowing him to shine like never before in these Finals. However, this strategy totally shuts out Draymond Green, so Ime Udoka thinks it’s the right approach to beat Golden State. No upheaval in sight for Game 5, therefore.

“We don’t rush him so much (to make him release the ball) as was the case with Durant or other teams”details the coach. “Part of the answer comes from his teammates, and the creators he has on his side. On our side, we rely on our defense in one-on-one. Our guys use their size to contest shots. »

Ime Udoka confirms that the Celtics can perhaps mix the defenses more, but the plan is assumed.

“We can mix things up, be more physical, go under the screen when he’s very far away. We were pretty good at that. But the thing is, he’s an amazing, spontaneous creator. It’s hard to press him, compared to other guys who don’t want to let go of the ball. Because he finds guys immediately in space. And of course, that’s where Draymond is at his best, when he can create for others. »

The Boston coach therefore wants above all to deprive the Warriors of the secondary game generated by Draymond Green on the two-man strike on Stephen Curry. And he reiterates that the strategy is working well so far, with the Celtics’ problem being more on the offensive side than the defensive side in these Finals.

“If we had played in attack in the right way, we would be at 3-1, at least, currently” he assures. “The defense is doing well. With us, as I said before, it’s all about playing well on the other side of the pitch. They score around 107 points per game (108, 107, 100 and 107). They scored 100 points in one game (Game 3). On our side, we scored 121 and 116 points (120, 88, 116, 97 actually). Our balance must above all be better in attack. We must continue to make him work on this side, and trust what we are doing in defense, even if it gives him some good shots, with or without the ball, since it allows us to contain the others. »

Shots Bounces
Players GM Minimum Shots 3 points LF Off Def Early pd bp Int CT party Points
Jayson Tatum 76 35.9 45.3 35.3 85.3 1.1 6.9 8.0 4.4 2.9 1.0 0.6 2.3 26.9
Jaylen Brown 66 33.6 47.3 35.8 75.8 0.8 5.3 6.1 3.5 2.7 1.1 0.3 2.5 23.6
Dennis Schroder 49 29.2 44.0 34.9 84.8 0.6 2.8 3.3 4.2 2.1 0.8 0.1 2.4 14.4
Marcus Smart 71 32.3 41.8 33.1 79.3 0.6 3.2 3.8 5.9 2.2 1.7 0.3 2.3 12.1
Derrick White 26 27.4 40.9 30.6 85.3 0.5 2.9 3.4 3.5 1.2 0.6 0.6 2.2 11.0
Al Horford 69 29.1 46.7 33.6 84.2 1.6 6.1 7.7 3.4 0.9 0.7 1.3 1.9 10.2
Robert Williams 61 29.6 73.6 0.0 72.2 3.9 5.7 9.6 2.0 1.0 0.9 2.2 2.2 10.0
Josh Richardson 44 24.7 44.3 39.7 85.9 0.6 2.3 2.8 1.5 0.9 0.8 0.5 1.9 9.7
Daniel Theis 21 18.7 59.8 35.7 68.8 1.3 3.4 4.7 1.0 0.7 0.4 0.7 2.3 7.9
Grant Williams 77 24.4 47.5 41.1 90.5 0.8 2.7 3.6 1.0 0.8 0.5 0.7 2.4 7.8
Payton Pritchard 71 14.1 42.9 41.2 100.0 0.5 1.4 1.9 2.0 0.6 0.4 0.1 0.9 6.2
Romeo Langford 44 16.6 42.9 34.9 58.8 0.7 1.7 2.4 0.4 0.4 0.5 0.4 1.0 4.7
Jabari Parker 12 9.4 47.4 50.0 100.0 0.4 1.9 2.3 0.5 0.7 0.3 0.1 1.1 4.4
Aaron Nesmith 52 11.0 39.6 27.0 80.8 0.3 1.4 1.7 0.4 0.6 0.4 0.1 1.3 3.8
Enes Freedom 35 11.8 52.6 40.0 85.7 1.7 2.8 4.6 0.2 0.6 0.1 0.4 1.2 3.7
matt ryan 1 5.3 20.0 20.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.0 0.0 0.0 3.0
Sam Hauser 26 6.1 46.0 43.2 0.0 0.2 0.9 1.1 0.4 0.1 0.0 0.1 0.3 2.5
Luke Kornet 12 7.1 57.1 0.0 66.7 0.8 1.3 2.1 0.7 0.0 0.3 0.2 0.6 2.2
Joe Johnson 1 2.0 100.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 2.0
justin jackson 1 2.0 0.0 0.0 100.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 2.0
Malik Fitts 8 3.5 60.0 50.0 0.0 0.3 0.6 0.9 0.6 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.1 1.9
Brodric Thomas 12 5.0 44.4 22.2 60.0 0.2 0.7 0.8 0.9 0.5 0.1 0.1 0.6 1.8
Nik Stauskas 6 2.5 33.3 33.3 50.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.2 0.2 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.2
Juancho Hernangomez 18 5.3 18.5 16.7 66.7 0.5 0.9 1.4 0.2 0.3 0.2 0.1 0.4 1.1
Bruno Fernando 20 2.9 50.0 100.0 80.0 0.4 0.4 0.8 0.2 0.3 0.0 0.2 0.3 1.0
Juwan Morgan 1 3.6 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Kelan Martin 3 1.9 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.3 0.3 0.7 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
cj miles 1 2.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.0 0.0

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