Post-game Reactions

So you may have heard it before. Doc Rivers knows how to draw up great end-of-game plays. Still, after last night’s masterpiece I felt it would be a fun idea and break down in video just how much success Rivers has had in these kind of situations over the past three plus years to show you just what kind of genius we are working with…..and why I wouldn’t mind seeing no more Paul Pierce isolations for the foreseeable future.

We’ll start the fun with last night’s game winner. Brendan breaks it down tremendously in his post from earlier this morning so I won’t waste too much time on it here.

Let’s stay in the city of brotherly love for our next selection from another thriller against Philly in February of 2009. Plenty of C’s fans probably had flashbacks to this play last night and I for one expected Ray to get involved, but Rondo didn’t have the need to go to that option last night. Still as you can see here a terrific back pick by Pierce gets Ray open in corner to hit the three for the win, right after, you guessed it Andre Iguodala hit a go-ahead shot with just seconds remaining.

Plenty of more goodness after the jump where you won’t believe just how many game winners Doc has drawn up

We’ll stick with Ray Allen for this one in the team’s first road game of the Big Three era back in 2007. Down 1 with just 4.4 seconds remaining, Doc draws up another baseline pick for Ray this time set by KG. Allen gets free in the corner and drills the dagger

Doc’s alley-oop playcalls down the stretch did not originate with KG’s first last night. In fact, the distributor last night, Rajon Rondo, was the recipent of an alley-oop last January in Miami, probably the last player on the floor the ball was excepted to go with just .4 seconds on the clock:

There’s tricky plays, but sometimes a simple pick and roll is enough to do the job as seen with The Truth and Kevin Garnett in this game winner last December over the Knicks:

The good news is Doc just isn’t limited to regular season success in this department. We can all remember the magic of three game winning plays drawn up in the 08-09 playoffs against the Bulls and the Magic courtesy of the master himself:

Now it’s helped that Rivers has had one of the most talented teams in the league to help execute these plays. It’s obviously a two-way street in that department. Still the variety of quality looks Doc has been able to get nearly every player on the roster in end-of-game situation is quite astounding. He has been able to keep opposing defenses on their toes, always using decoys to get the ball to the player he wants in a good situation to succeed. Doesn’t matter if it’s been Ray Allen, Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, or Glen Davis they all delivered the good thanks to Doc. So let’s stick to Doc drawing up these plays that use everyone and move the ball as much as possible, since as nice as the Pierce iso’s can be (see below), they aren’t the best option this team has down the stretch of games.

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Brian Robb

Brian Robb co-founded CelticsHub in 2009 and is the currently editor-in-chief. He is a producer and reporter at 98.5 The Sports Hub in Boston and also contributes to Boston.com and Bleacher Report among other outlets.
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  • zebulon

    DOPE. What a great collection of clips. Just put me in an excellent, excellent mood – remembering how ecstatic I was after each of those shots splashed in.

  • What More Can I Say?

    That Rondo alley-oop just lets you see how SPECIAL Rondo is. That sh*t was awesome.

  • garron

    I'm surprised you didn't include the shot against Atlanta. Though technically a Pierce ISO, it was a drawn pick and roll, but with Rivers telling Pierce to go ISO if Atlanta countered the PnR with a switch, which they did. Al Horford going 1v1 against Pierce? No chance speed wise, and Pierce gets the step.

  • CelticNut

    Good stuff all around. And I totally agree that Iso-Pierce is NOT the best option for the Celtics down the stretch. Obviously the Truth is a dynamic late-game shot maker with ice water in his veins, but the collective offensive skill set for this current Celtics team should be able to create an open shot at any time.

  • Morpheus

    Just feels SOOO good for the Cs to pull out a win like this, i'm sure we haven't won a game like this where we're crusing for 3 quarters then suddenly turn up the heat in the 4th and pull out a win.
    I also agree that the Pierce ISO in clutch situations just isn't working.

  • I_Love_Green

    I love it. All of it. The one with Ray over Noah is definitely one of the most memorable. That shot was sooo sick.

    And watch the replay of that gamewinner last night. When Pierce comes over to screen, Rondo fakes like he's taking that screen which gets Holliday committed to the left, and then he takes the KG screen with Holliday out of position so he's forced to switch. Don't know if he planned that from the beginning, but what a smart decision from Rondo to pull that off.

  • Morpheus

    What about the Ray Allen game winning shot against Charlotte. I think it was the 1st season with the Big 3 and Charlotte committed a turnover on an inbounds pass, someone got it to Ray and BOOOOM….typical Ray corner 3 for the game and win.

    Ok if y'all don't know what shot i'm talkin bout check it:

    • I_Love_Green

      Alright yeah that was my favorite of all time. And I'm pretty sure that was about to be the first loss for the big 3.

    • Celtics4Life

      The Boston vs Charlotte is not an example of a good end-game plays. The C's were on the defensive end of that play to begin with and were lucky to get the ball back. This article is about offensive plays drawn over a timeout during end games. Its not about game winning shots.

      • I_Love_Green

        Okay thanks for the info. Too bad I didn't say anything about it being a great end game play. It was my favorite game winner.

      • Morpheus

        Yeah i know, i was just reading Green's comment about game winning shots which prompted that specific memory of Ray Allen.

    • hdavenport

      SCOT POLLARD. Wow.

      • I_Love_Green

        Please explain Hayes.

  • Morpheus

    Ok it wasn't a corner 3, but it was beautiful

  • yordgreat

    ive been thinking about this for a couple of days already, can celtic hub please post the stats of the celtic big 3 on their primes and compare it to the super friends stats in miami and make a predition on who would win that match up in a playoff series. again just the big 3 not including the big shamrock coz if you did it will be no contest. thanks

  • TedL

    OT but… Lakers lose again, this time in Chicago. Kobe goes 9-23, Pau Gasol logs 45 minutes. Hee hee.

    • carpenter

      pau's not gonna have anything left come playoff time

  • JP-

    Love how much trust there is on this team, and has been for a while, different guys taking the shot. I remember watching all of these.

  • Scott

    Has anyone ever noticed that the majority, if not all of Ray's Game winning shots have come off a pass from the captain, and NOT rondo… Can someone please give PP some props on his passing. look at the rondo lob and catch to beat Miami last year.. That pass was incredible. They are always crisp, and on the money. All of Ray's game winners in this section (and that one against charlotte) come off a Paul pass, and so does the big baby game winner, and Kevins game winner against New York. Props to PP.

  • schrecky

    the commentator on ray's shot over joakim noah: "Woody Allen has done it again!!"