Saturday, November 9, 2013
Breakdown: Green's buzzer-beater vs. Heat
By Chris Forsberg
Three things to like about Boston's final play design (besides the obvious make by Jeff Green over LeBron James) that lifted the Celtics to a thrilling 111-110 triumph over the Miami Heat:
- Wallace's patience: By my very unscientific clocking, Gerald Wallace used every last bit of the available five seconds to put that ball in play, waiting for the play to fully develop before sending the cross-court lob to Green. A more impatient inbounder would have settled for forcing the ball to Jordan Crawford, but Wallace had confidence Green would separate.
- Crawford the decoy: Jordan Crawford, who had already hit three triples in the game, came off a double screen then sprinted towards the top of the arc. It's Crawford's tiny separation from a chasing Dwyane Wade that leaves LeBron James leaning that way with help and that's just enough for Green to sneak free (snapshot HERE).
- Olynyk the screener: Rookie Kelly Olynyk made his first NBA start on Saturday night but, more importantly, he was on the court for the final play of the game. Olynyk did two nice things on the play, first he leaned on Bosh enough to let Crawford race around for the decoy action, then held up Bosh just long enough to ensure that Miami's big man couldn't deflect Wallace's lob.