BOSTON — Celtics coach Brad Stevens outlined his team’s task ahead of Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals when it comes to defending the Cavs.
“This is a perfect roster with regard to how many predicaments they can put you in with all the shooting around (LeBron James),” Stevens said.
Hey, did anyone mention the architect of that “perfect” roster, general manager David Griffin, doesn’t have a contract for next season? Anyway…
The Cavs enter Game 1 averaging a 114.5 points per game (a team playoff record) and all playoff teams with 14.4 3-pointers per game and a .434 3-point shooting percentage.
James is averaging 34.4 points in the postseason and shooting .557 from the field, while Kyrie Irving is averaging 23.8 points.
Stevens was asked about Kyle Korver, Deron Williams and Channing Frye, three bench players who work with James on the second unit. All three players have been via trades and free agency over the past 1 1/2 seasons.
“You never want to double when you have that much shooting because eventually… they’re going to find a good shot,” Stevens said. “If not, they’re going to get the rebound. How do you not pay extra close attention to the best player in the world (James)? With the way Kyrie has scored the ball on the biggest stage, and over and over and over with his ability, there’s another one you have to react to over and over. So, there’s all kinds of issues with defending them.
“They’re the defending champs for a reason and we’re going to have to play well.”