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In the Celtics’ 92-91 win in Game 1 on Saturday night, Garnett provided a lethal dose of jumpers. Garnett had 29 points on 12-of-20 shooting, including 6-of-9 from 16-23 feet.
Garnett always has been known as automatic on those jumpers just inside the 3-point line. He made 48 percent of his shots from 16-23 feet during the season, which is 10 points higher than the league average from that range.
That information was all contained in Philadelphia’s scouting report, and Collins was fine with yielding those shots. But if Garnett continues to make two-thirds of his jumpers, there’s not much the Sixers can do.
Collins’ fear is that if the Sixers dedicate too much attention to Garnett then the rest of the Celtics will take advantage of the subsequent openings. The reason Garnett finds himself open so often is that...