‘We’re good’: Doc Rivers hopes 76ers can capitalize on wide-open photographs in Recreation 7 vs. Celtics


Philadelphia struggled on its wide-open appears to be like in Recreation 6, making 6-of-26 such photographs.

Doc Rivers noticed his 76ers staff miss a number of wide-open appears to be like in Recreation 6. He is hoping for a unique tune in Recreation 7. (AP Photograph/Matt Slocum)

When the Celtics inserted Robert Williams within the beginning lineup for Recreation 6, a part of the thought was for him to play as a assist defender and sag off 76ers ahead P.J. Tucker and others.

The Celtics efficiently executed the plan, successful 95-86 because the 76ers shot simply 36.1 % from the sector and 23.5 % from deep. However they obtained some assist from the 76ers, too. Philadelphia shot simply 6-of-26 on wide-open photographs, that are labeled by the closest defender being not less than six ft away from the shooter, per NBA stats.

76ers coach Doc Rivers remarked to reporters Saturday that Recreation 6 was “in all probability our highest shot high quality of the 12 months.”

Within the 76ers’ closing follow forward of Sunday’s Recreation 7, Rivers emphasised making these open photographs.

“The primary movie [clip] at this time was — I don’t know the way lengthy it took — 45 seconds of missed photographs with no sound, no person speaking. And I simply confirmed it. I didn’t say a phrase, I simply confirmed it,” Rivers informed reporters.

“After which I turned it off and all people was like, ‘Holy goodness.’ … And so I lastly circled and I stated, ‘What do you guys see?’ They usually have been like, ‘We’re good.’ That was the very first thing that somebody stated: ‘We’re good.’”

Philadelphia had higher success when capturing on wide-open photographs earlier within the collection. By means of the primary six video games of the collection, the 76ers have made 37.4 % of their wide-open photographs. The overwhelming majority of these wide-open photographs have come from 3-point territory, as they’re averaging 16.7 wide-open 3-point photographs per recreation to only 1.2 wide-open 2-point photographs per recreation.

The 2 gamers who’ve had essentially the most wide-open photographs within the collection for the 76ers are Tyrese Maxey and Tucker. Maxey hasn’t performed too effectively in punishing the Celtics for leaving him wide-open over the course of the collection, making simply 36.4 % of three.7 wide-open discipline objective makes an attempt per recreation.

Tucker, then again, has performed higher. He’s made 44.4 % of the three wide-open discipline targets he’s taken per recreation within the collection, which have all been 3-pointers.

However in Recreation 6, Tucker made simply two of the seven wide-open photographs he took. That allowed the Celtics to get away with leaving him open within the nook as they used Williams to assist double Joel Embiid and clog the lane.

That’s in all probability why Tucker posted on Instagram after midnight on Sunday of him at TD Backyard, presumably taking photographs.

Recreation 7 and the Celtics’ season may very effectively come down to creating wide-open photographs or not. On the flip aspect of issues, the Celtics haven’t shot too effectively on their wide-open appears to be like on this collection. They’ve made simply 35.5 % of their 17.8 wide-open makes an attempt per recreation.