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Paul Pierce drew a lot of double-teams, which worked in Boston's favor.This is the first in a (hopefully) long series of posts detailing Boston’s in-game sets and adjustments during the playoffs, featuring a positive and a negative from each game.Positive: Successful isolation playsThere’s a reason players who excel in “hero ball” sets are usually considered successful in the playoffs, especially in bloody Eastern Conference battles in which defense is the main focus and offense comes at a premium. To wit: Late in the fourth quarter, trailing by just three points, it felt like the Celtics were on the verge of being blown out, and when Carmelo Anthony scored a transition layup to push the lead to five, we pretty much agreed that the game was over. And we were correct.It’s worth noting, however, that Boston was very successful in isolation sets (1.29 points per possession, per mySynergySports), mainly thanks to Paul Pierce. Pierce had a fairly inefficient shooting night (21 points...
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