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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