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A word on Jay Team's assists & who does Spoelstra try to rattle next?

 The reasons behind the Celtics unexpected loss to the Miami Heat in Game-2 have all been discussed. Stifling Miami defense and dead-eye accuracy from the hinterlands and Porzingis having trouble receiving passes and getting open, etc.

But how about only three assists from Jayson Tatum and a meager one assist from Jaylen Brown. Hell, Miami's Tyler Herro had 14 assists all by himself in the win - and still managed a team-high 24 points - while hitting 7-of-13 from the field and 6-of-11 on threes.

Let's go back to the 1986 Celtics post-season. Larry Bird, from the forward position, averaged 8.2 assists-per-game. Even Kevin McHale, alias "The Black Hole", averaged 2.7 APG. 

This is hardly an indictment against The Jay Team. The point is simply that they have seasoned scorers on the floor with them, and as good as Jaylen and Jayson are, Jrue Holiday, Derrick White and Al Horford need more looks - even in clutch time.

Miami Coach, Eric Spoelstra, may be trying to rattle members of the opposing Celtics. Caleb Martin's hard foul on Tatum may have been to incite Jayson into words or action that would end in an ejection - and possible suspension for a game or two. The extra defensive focus on Porzingis seemed to work for Miami - "The Long Latvian's" six points on 1-of-9 shooting in Game 2 being Exhibit A.

So who's next? Jaylen Brown. We'll see tomorrow night.


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