The key to the Boston Celtics’ success this season according to PJ Tucker? Sharing the ball
You might not have believed your ears to hear what Philadelphia 76ers forward PJ Tucker said about what makes the Boston Celtics so hard to guard as recently as the start of last season given earlier incarnations of the team being so bad at ball movement as to register in the bottom five of the entire NBA in assists.
“Because they (Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown) don’t mind sharing the ball,” explained Tucker of a team that is now the No. 7 team in the league at moving the rock “They move the ball really well no matter who it is. They hit the open guy and they (are) always attacking.”
“They’re in attack mode at all times,” he emphasized.
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“So on close-outs, trying to close out, to touch to make sure they don’t pull up for a shot and still controlling the drive,” Tucker continued. “It’s really it’s easier said than done, but they do a good job of moving the ball and playing together.”
Boston will need to continue that style of play regardless of whether star Sixers big man Joel Embiid is available to play or not, however, with the Celtics’ bad habit of not taking opponents they believe they can beat seriously enough.
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