Brad Stevens Boston Celtics Late Game Offense
Head Coach Brad Stevens is often lauded for his late game wizardry with a clipboard both in college and now in the NBA. The Boston Celtics head man lived up to that billing this past season as time and time again he drew up new and innovative sets that put his team in the best position to win. Since January 22, the Celtics played in a league high 25 “clutch” games considered. A clutch game is when you are either ahead or trailing by 5 points or less with 5 minutes to play. The Celtics went 15-10 down the stretch in those games with a .600 winning percentage.
The Brad Stevens Boston Celtics Late Game Offense improved in clutch situations by almost 7 points-per-hundred possessions (108.9 up from 101.7). They also ranked 8th in the NBA in TO % in the clutch averaging just over 10 turnovers per-hundred possessions. This was a huge improvement from the previous season when the Celtics aver over 16 turnovers per-hundred possessions. That ranked 28th out of 30th in the league.
Coach Brad Stevens also revved up the offense in his second year at the helm, installing a “Pace and Space” offense. They got the Pace part down; the Celtics were 5th in the NBA averaging 98.40 possessions over 48 minutes according to NBA.com. The Celtics also do space the floor well and attempt almost 25 3-pointers per game. However, they make them at the 4th worst rate in the NBA; 32.7% from 3 per NBA.com. The floor spacing leads to ball movement and despite playing 22 different players this season the Celtics assisted on an impressive 62.9% of their field goals ranking them 4th in the entire NBA.
The following Brad Stevens Boston Celtics Late Game Offense playbook and YouTube are offensive sets that the Celtics ran during those “clutch” situations that either won the Celtics a game, or attempted to chip into a late lead.
Coach John Zall just completed his first season as an Assistant Coach at Division II Franklin Pierce University in Rindge, NH. This past season Franklin Pierce University won 20 games and advanced to the 2nd round of the NCAA Tournament. Zall arrived at Franklin Pierce after spending the past 3 seasons as the Associate Head Coach/Head JV Coach at O’Bryant High school in Roxbury, MA. During his tenure at O’Bryant the program improved from 4 wins to 12 wins and qualified for the MIAA State Tournament twice.
Coach Zall also has experience as an AAU Head Coach for the Boston Warriors. As Head Coach for the Warriors his team won the 2011 16U State Title and twice competed in AAU Nationals down in Orlando, FL. On top of being a student at Northeastern University, Zall was named Head Coach of the Men’s Club Basketball team for the 2012-13 season. During his lone season as Head Coach, Northeastern finished second in the Northeast Regional Tournament featuring colleges from throughout the East Coast. Coach Zall has also spent time as a Head Coach in the Bay State Games where his team won the Bronze Medal in 2012 and at various camps including: Five Star, Boston Celtics, NIKE, Franklin Pierce University, Hoop Group and The Elite 75.
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