Reviewing the final 6 minutes
Randy Foye has just hit a three off a Millsap offensive rebound to make the game 86-84 C’s
86-84 6:00 – Jazz defend initial action perfectly, C’s move into high pick roll , Jefferson slides down with Garnett forcing him to bail on shot leaves it up top for Sullinger who calmly hits a 16 footer. Nice play by the C’s
88-84 5:34 – High pick and roll with Mo and Favors. Mo throws nice skip pass to Millsap who drives and misses the runner.
88-84 5:12 – Pick and roll from left elbow with Green and Garnett. Jazz astutely switch it and Favors ends up on Green, Green misses 16 foot jumper over Favors
88-84 4:57 – Jefferson left block on Sullinger. Jefferson misses, Jazz rebound kick out to Mo who drives finds Jefferson who slides between two defenders to score
88-86 4:34 – Celtics run same Green/Garnett pick and roll and isolate Green on left wing on Favors he drives, super defense by Favors but Millsap comes down reaches in and fouls him. Millsap played defense with hands not sliding feet. Green to the line.
Celtics bring Pierce in for Lee and Bass in for Sullinger
90-86 4:09 – Big Al guarded by Garnett catches high left block and makes a terrific pass to a cutting Millsap for a lay-up
90-88 3:49 – Green posts up on Foye and Foye fouls and Favors goaltends. Jazz get caught with Foye on Green and Favors shouldn’t have goaltended. Little plays that matter. Lot wrong on this play. This is the real defensive killer of the night. Help from the top was late to Foye on the mismatch.
Hayward in for Foye
93-88 3:37 – Left block on Al slides inside three defenders to the rim and scores. Guarded by KG.
93-90 3:15 – Pierce mid block right guarded by Hayward – Pierce turns it over
93-90 3:07 – Mo and Big Al play pick and roll – Jefferson catches in the lane on the roll and is fouled and makes one of two free throws
93-91 2:53 – Barbosa pick and roll with Pierce super defense from Jazz suffocate Barbosa force bad pass that is knocked out of bounds – 7 on shot clock for C’s Jefferson nice defense to cut off initial drive of Pierce and get back to Bass forcing pass to left baseline to KG who misses over Favors
93-91 2:26 – 1st chance to tie – Mo poor pick and roll with Favors jacks a long three with 5 on the shot clock with Barbosa in his face, Jefferson offensive rebound. Second try Hayward roll of Jefferson to the right baseline flairs back to Jefferson who nails a 16 foot jumper. TIE GAME
93-93 1:58 left – Pierce goes 1 on 1 on a ton action on Hayward and misses driving layup. Great job by Hayward going one removed through the screens to stay with Pierce
93-93 1:37 left – 1st chance to lead – well executed. Millsap sets cross screen on Jefferson then comes up to top off Favors screen for top of the key jumper with :10 on shot clock. Millsap is the 3 at this point this is his play. Misses the shot.
93-93 1:20 left – Hayward denies Pierce drive – swings out to Bass who finds Green left corner. Millsap close out is only ok. Green able to penetrate and drive middle. Defense collapses, hand off to Garnett who is fouled. Millsap being asked to guard out at the three point line. Garnett makes 1 of 2
94-93 1:11 left – 2nd chance to lead – Mo and Favors pick and roll. Mo takes step back 17 footer with 16 on clock. Nothing about the play has broken down. Still lots of options. Hayward wide open on left side for skip pass.
94-93 :50 left – Pick and roll Pierce and Garnett. Pierce rolls left Favors shadows as Pierce goes to shot Hayward takes away shooting pocket forces pass back to KG, Favors recovers and KG misses contested shot.
94-93 :38.7 left – Could play 2 for 1 with quick hitter – timeout at 32.3 with 18 on shot clock. Nice play but slow developing – Mo runs initial pick and roll with Favors. Mo and Derrick aren’t connecting on pick placement and drive very well. Mo rolls right Bass stays with Mo and Favors dives to basket Bass able to recover. Jefferson pops to left elbow for pass, Mo comes by for handoff and rub. Great defense by Celtics. KG steps back allowing Barbosa to get through. Textbook. Mo tries to turn the corner but Barbosa is there. Mp runs out of real estate and throws up a baseline prayer.
94-93 :19.5 – because play took so long Jazz have to foul. Pierce makes both free throws
96-93 :19.5 – inbound to Millsap at the top. He drives on Green beats him nicely but as he goes to the rim he feigns away from Garnett who in a 3 point game would never foul Millsap and Sap misses the lay-up. Ball game.
• Defense was amazing – Jefferson played defense well and Hayward and Favors were world class
• Offense didn’t get good looks and lost Jefferson. His last left block play was at 3:37
• Millsap at the 3 was a problem in this sequence the big line-up is nice but it has flaws and they were exposed in this stretch. You are asking Millsap do entirely different things than he has ever been asked and it is just hitting shots. It is closing out, playing off the bounce, shooting off screens not as a spot up, etc.
• The real killer is the one possession where Foye gets caught as a mouse in the house and and Favors goal tends
• Mo took three shots – 1 was a late shot clock three – one was great defense by the Celtics and the other was a force trying to make a play to early in the clock with a lot of options.