For the second time in this game, the Celtics have switched to a match-up zone defense. Former Timberwolves, Pistons and Wizards coach Flip Saunders has been helping the Celtics out during the playoffs, and this is the kind of defense he often likes to play.
Earlier, it worked. Now, it’s not, because just like any zone defense, it has major limitations that can be exploited after a matter of time. It stole some possessions for the Celtics in the second quarter, but by now, Miami has realized where they need to cut to create openings. It’s time for Doc Rivers to put a stop to it.