Boston Celtics Writeup:
This Boston Celtic team is exactly that a TEAM. Coach Hayden stresses team plays and it shows in our game. This team is very versatile with Jason Kidd running the show and two very mobile bigs like Okafor and Boozer this team can play both up tempo and half court ball although we will play mostly half court. Our top two scorers will be Hamilton (17.2ppg) and Boozer (20.5ppg) which is a very good inside outside combo. Jason Kidd(8.5apg) is the perfect pg for this team, there is no one in the game better suited for running this offense. Kidd will be perfect for setting up Hamilton who will be flying off picks left and right and Boozer who is used to playing pick and roll in Utah. Surrounding Kidd, Hamilton and Boozer are Sharpshooter Quentin Richardson and a great all around big and defensive stud Emeka Okafor. These two players compliment my big 3 very well. Quentin Richardson will thrive in this offense as the 4/5 option. With Jason Kidds penetration and kick outs or Boozer being doubled in the post or Hamilton being doubled off picks Quentin will get wide open 3s all night long. Emeka Okafor (14ppg) who can score on his own will thrive off of easy buckets from Kidd Hamilton and Boozer. On offense Okafor’s main job will be setting great picks for Hamilton and Kidd so he will score off pick and rolls, and rebounding which is what Okafor is best at. With Kidd the best rebounding pg perhaps ever, okafor(11rpg) and Boozer(11.7rpg) this team will never get out rebounded, so that means NO second chances every team is one and done.
Against the nets our match ups will look like this
Jason Kidd >>> Derek Fisher
In this series Jason Kidd will be able to get where ever he wants. This will make for easy buckets for Hamilton, and Qrich and Boozer on kick outs or Okafor and Boozer on dishes down low when people come to stop his penetration. On defense its very simple for Kidd to guard Fisher… STAY ON HIM Derek Fisher will not be getting wide open 3s
Richard Hamilton = Ray Allen
This matchup is a wash. Although Ray Allen is a better shooter Hamilton is the better defender so this will help offset this. Hamilton has the edge when it comes to mid range shots. Theres really not much else to say these guys are basicly the same player except for what I just mentioned…
Quentin Richardson < Josh Howard
This matchup goes to the nets. But Josh Howard is a below avg defender, I think Qrich will have a great series. On D Josh Howard will be so worried about Hamilton coming off screens stopping kidds penetration or helping Powe guard boozer in the post that Qrich will be wide open most of the time anyway. And we all know if there’s anything Qrich is good at its shooting so Qrich will have a good series here.
Boozer >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Leon Powe
I should put more > but wed be here forever…. Leon Powe has no chance in this matchup. He doesn’t have the quickness to keep up with boozer when he faces up and he doesn’t have the strength to keep him out of the paint. So lets go over this again Boozer has the size strength quickness and talent edge over Powe. Boozer is a 20ppg 10rpg allstar pf while Powe is an undersized bench player not worth of starting on any team at the pf spot. This matchup will take place Dwight Howard will not guard Boozer. I say this because as part of our game plan not only will we be setting picks for Hamilton and Kidd but we will be doing the same for Boozer down in the post. Jerry Sloan is famous for this. This way if they decide to put Howard on Boozer we put Boozer away from the ball in the post then have him come off a pick set by Okafor coming to the ball so Howard and Powe are going to HAVE to switch… if they don’t its going to be a dunk every time. Boozer WILL go off in this series vs. Leon Powe.
Howard >>> Okafor
This matchup will go to the nets but do NOT in any way thing that Howard will “ go off” in this series. Okafor is one of the best low post defenders in the NBA and he will hold his own. Also with Leon Powe being the closest thing to a big man starter they got left we will gamble off of Leon Powe, so when Okafor does need help boozer will be there. Kidd and Hamilton will stay with Fisher and Allen because we are not letting this be a shoot out. When Okafor is on offense he is going to score off of easy buckets because Howard is the only thing on their team that can block shots, so when he steps up to cut off Jason Kidd Hamilton or Boozer when they beat their man Okafor is going to be there for the easy dish and the clean up rebounds when Howard is out of position.
Offensive Strategy :
Jason Kidd will run this show. He’s a great distributor and can get by Fisher all day so pick and rolls with Okafor and Boozer will play a big part. Boozer and Okafor will get a ton of easy baskets this way. If they stay with the man setting the pick Kidd will get to the hoop when ever he wants so either Kidd is getting a lay up or Hamilton or Qrich’s man will rotate over which will leave someone open on the perimeter. Another big part of our offense will be Hamilton coming off of screens. Hamilton is the best off screen shooter in the NBA and will score a ton doing this. Hamilton will also get involved in the pick and roll game as well. Hamilton has good handles and is a willing passer so pick ur poison here. If you hedge the screen Hamilton will find the open man. You go underneath it Hamilton is deadly from midrange, you chase him over the screen Hamilton get his choice of a pull up or drive to the hoop where he can kick it to an open man if you rotate to him. Another big part of our offense will be Boozer. We can dump it down to Boozer and let him go to work on Leon Powe all day long. Boozer WILL matchup with Leon Powe because even if the Nets say Howard will guard Boozer our team is going start Boozer away from the ball then have him come off a pick to the ball that is set by Okafor. Howard and Leon will have no choice but to switch because if they don’t and Howard tries to fight through the pick Boozer is going to get some easy baskets. We can do a pick and roll with Boozer and Hamilton or Boozer and Kidd or we can do pick and pop since Boozer has a good jump shot from 18ft. Qrich and Okafor will be the beneficiary of all the attention Kidd Hamilton and Boozer will get. If you decide to zone in on these 3 Qrich will burn you from 3 and Okafor will be throwing down easy dunks.
Defensively our match ups will be the same as the ones above. Kidd will guard Fisher, Hamilton will guard Allen, Qrich will guard Josh Howard, Boozer will guard Powe and Okafor will guard Howard. In our defense Kidd and Hamilton are not allowed to come off there men. We will not let Allen and Fisher beat us with the 3 , they’re gonna have to create their own shots. If they want to run Ray Allen and Fisher off pick we will hedge so they can not get an open look. Our defense will then rotate away from Leon Powe so that Howard is covered making Powe try to beat us When Dwight Howard gets the ball in the post if we feel he is starting to beat us help will come from Boozer and we will make Leon Powe try and beat us. Help will sometimes also come from Qrich who will leave Josh Howard because he shoots less than 30% from 3. The focus of this team will be to make Josh Howard and Leon Powe beat us and we know they can NOT do that.
Bench: I feel that my bench matches up strongly with the nets. Although we are very confident in our benches play, we will play like the 2008 Celtics. Meaning one of our big 3 Kidd Hamilton or Boozer will always be on the floor to garuntee scoring production.
Knight vs Farmar- This is a matchup of pgs who are the exact opposite. Farmar is strictly offensive while Knight is a Defensive distributor. We think that knight(4ppg 3.5apg) will shut down farmar and he will have no impact on this series. Knight will also come off the bench for Kidd keeping the distribution theme we have at pg going so Hamilton and Boozer can still get easy buckets off of picks and pick and rolls.
Courtney Lee vs Willie Green- These players are basicly the same. Offensive minded, both very good shooters Courtney lee(5.6ppg 3pt% 42) is Green in the early stages of his career. While talent wise I think its even experience goes to Green.
Julian Wright vs. Antoine Wright- Both of these players are there for energy play this matchup is a wash
Songalia vs. Hakim Warrick Warrick wins this matchup he is more athletically gifted than songalia but songalia(6.2ppg 2.3rpg) is very skilled offensively so he will get some points off the bench
Johan Petro vs. Mikki Moore- Petro(5ppg 5rpg) wins this matchup mikki moore had one above avg season with the nets wen his minutes almost doubled. Other than that the guy is really a high energy and very unkilled player. Petro will put a body on him and wont allow him to try and get offensive boards. Petro is much tougher and will win this matchup