Five seconds to go, a one-point lead for Utah and the ball for Boston. The Celtics therefore have one last chance to win and everyone imagines that the ball will be delivered into the hands of Jayson Tatum. Logical scenario since it is Boston and Joe Mazzulla’s plan. A winning scheme already used some time ago against the Sixers.
“The Jazz did a good job defensively,” said the Mass Live coach. Malcolm Brogdon was to serve Grant Williams, who would pass the ball to a pitched Jayson Tatum. Instead Lauri Markkanen covered the first step very well, and the plan immediately derailed.
Jayson Tatum did not sprint forward from midfield and Grant Williams then received the ball in another position. Finding no one in the middle with the seconds ticking, he was forced to attack the basket, surrounded by two Jazz, and was tackled by rookie Walker Kessler.
Hauser and Brown were covered by defenders, Brogdon could not have returned to the field as quickly as the action would have required but he was behind Grant, who however had put in as many points in the last 12′, and was in confidence. Kessler’s hands came too high though.
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