Boston Celtics Must Solve Second Half Problems in Game Two

May 2nd, 2010 by Stew Winkel Leave a reply »
Saturday morning I watched the ESPN 30 for 30 documentary "Guro of Go" about Paul Westhead, Hank Gathers, and the 1990 Loyola Marymount men's basketball team. 

That team, using an offense Westhead called "The System," played basketball at a pace that other teams simply could not keep up with.

When opposing teams tried to, they would invariably hit the wall in the second half. Members of the Loyola Marymount team talked about seeing this happen to other teams, and it was at that point where they knew they had them.

I was reminded of the documentary later that night when I watched Game One of the Celtics-Cavaliers series. Cleveland does not play at a pace that in any way resembles "The System," but nevertheless, when the Celtics play Cleveland, it has become clear they hit their own wall in the second half.

Including Game One, the Celtics are 1-3 in their last four games against the Cavaliers.  In those meetings, Boston has actually outscored Cleveland 222-194 combined in the first half, averaging 55.5 first half points to only 48.5 for Cleveland.

The second half has been a completely different story, as the Cavali ...

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