It sounds simple, I know, but it’s relevant because of the Philadelphia 76ers’ defensive strategy. All series long, they’ve sent hard traps at Paul Pierce and left Kevin Garnett open for perimeter shots. In the first three games, Garnett made the 76ers pay, hitting 14 of 20 shots from 16-23 feet. However, he was just 2-7 from that range in Game 4 and is just 1-5 so far in Game 5.
Leaving Garnett open from his sweet spot is a risky strategy, but if Garnett continues to fire blanks, it’ll work out for Philadelphia.