Interior defense was not one of the Celtics’ areas of strength in Sunday’s preseason game against the Hornets. Charlotte had far too many easy looks in the paint when Boston’s starters and top reserves were in the game.
Part of the problem was their pick-and-roll defense, which Brad Stevens described as “poor” after Tuesday’s practice. But Stevens was satisfied with the way one player performed in that department.
Vincent Poirier — who only played a little over five minutes.
“Vincent was good,” Stevens said. “He played hard. He was in the right spots defensively. He read our coverages well. I thought that when he was in, I felt good about our pick-and-roll defense, which is a big deal.”
On the stat sheet, it doesn’t look like Poirier did much. He had a steal, only grabbed one rebound and didn’t score. But as Stevens pointed out, Poirier was in the right place at the right times.
While Robert Williams had a pair of big blocks and two rebounds in his 10 minutes, the stat sheet doesn’t show he looked lost at times on defense. Enes Kanter scored 11 points on 4-for-4 shooting (3-for-5 from the free-throw line) and had four boards in 20 minutes, but he struggled with the switch on the pick-and-roll.
“I’m not worried about Rob having a struggle or two,” Stevens said. “He’s really pressing, to try to play hard, which I think is a good thing.”
Stevens also remains high on Daniel Theis because he’s familiar with the system. (Theis didn’t play on Sunday due to an abductor strain.)
But if Poirier can build off of his performance on Sunday — in which Poirier looked much better than he did when playing for France in this year’s FIBA World Cup — he could earn an important role.
“Whoever does their job most consistently and makes those other guys around them better will probably get the majority of those minutes,” Stevens said about the team’s big men situation.
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Source: GreenStreet Blog