Riveting Celtics-Bulls postseason clash a tale of shifting strategies
Sadly, all good serials must end someday. The
The second-seeded Celtics surely need to approach Game 6 with a do-or-die mentality. Of course, the defending champions hold a 3-2 lead, with a seventh game scheduled for their home court Saturday if need be. But they can't afford to let things slide that far. Four of these enervating games have been decided by three points or fewer, and a postseason-record three of them have gone into one or more overtimes. If the Bulls are able to hold serve Thursday, who knows what may happen next. They may tip off Saturday and not finish until Monday.
A few themes from the Celtics' provocative 106-104 win in Game 5 on Tuesday will tide into Game 6. After declining to double-team Pierce, who torched
Will the Celtics be able to muzzle the three-guard rotation of
"I think [if] we shut Kirk Hinrich down, we can close out the series," said Celtics center
A word needs to be added about the Bulls' toughness. They lack injured small forward
That's why it's once again up to the Celtics' remarkable point guard,
Rondo's drives should create space for Pierce and Allen, who also are advised to up-fake and drive the ball into the paint for short pull-ups or free throws. If, on the other hand, the Celtics go into Chicago expecting to win based on the perimeter shooting of Pierce and Allen, then they might as well start preparing for a Game 7.