In the Celtics comeback win last night, the unusual happened. Rivers’ team ran the play called from the timeout and, in doing so, won the game. “This play worked for one reason. Doc put Indiana’s players in a bad position.” McCarty said. “It worked out really well for them.”
Even though it worked this time, McCarty thinks only 10% of plays are actually executed after they are called. “A lot of times coaches will say this is what we would like you to run. But you don’t know what’s going to happen. Guys are really reading defenses [for] what happens. They are just taking advantage of their knowledge."
When the shot clock is turned off, your play-maker usually expects to take the last shot. “When you have a guy like Paul Pierce, if Paul thinks he can beat his man, he’s going to take the last shot of the game.” McCarty said. “Coaches live with that. That’s just part of the NBA.”