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Stevens and Hoidberg chess match
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Stevens has shown his hand, the Celtics will go smaller and athletic, with more shooting on the floor the rest of the series. After the first two games that was an obvious adjustment. Hoidberg has a similar obvious adjustment to counter though. He can go away from his point guards and use Wade and Butler as his primary ball handlers. This would have a few ramifications. First, by replacing Grant and MCW with Zipser, or even giving minutes to Denzel Valentine, it would make the Bulls both considerably bigger on the wing and give them more spacing as they are much better shooting options that the Bulls point guards post Rondo.

The trickle down effect though comes down to defensive matchups. Taking both point guards out of the lineup leaves Jimmy Butler as the only capable player to guard Isaiah Thomas. This could set up disastrously for the Bulls if the Celtics were to take advantage of pick and rolls and getting Isaiah easy looks off of switches on to worse defenders. It also forces Butler to use much more exertion on the defensive end then if he was guarding Smart or Crowder, potentially hurting him on the offensive end. Of course there is always the danger of Butler completely shutting down Isaiah as well.

The flip side of that is, Isaiah would have to guard someone as well. It would likely be Zipser, or whomever replaces the PG's, rather than Wade, because Wade is still big enough and crafty enough to back him down and score easily. How much of a mismatch would IT on Zipser be really? I don't see the Bulls running many primary looks through Zipser, even with Isaiah on him. There might be a couple plays where they post him up (which usually works against an offense) or he drives by IT and gets an easy bucket, but I don't think it will be enough to sway the game. More so the Celtics would have to be extremely conscious about Zipser crashing the boards and getting another big body inside allowing them to continue to feast on second chance opportunities.

That is where the biggest concern about the Bulls ditching their pg's and going big would lie with me. The Celtics already poor rebounding would be even further hurt by the Bulls putting another wing with size in the lineup.

 

 



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