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Sixers will dare sharp-shooting Garnett to beat them

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08:07 AM ET 05.14 | The Sixers picked their poison in Game 1, and it stung. Do they let veteran Kevin Garnett shoot the ball from the perimeter, or do they run out at him and force him to pass the ball to Ray Allen or Paul Pierce and let them shoot it? ... Garnett scored 29 points on 12-for-20 shooting. He also went 5 for 5 from the line and had 11 rebounds with three blocks. ... The Sixers' defensive philosophy is simple: they will give up shots in the "yard," the area between the paint and the three-point line more readily. At the end of the day, Collins reasons, teams get beat in the paint and on three-pointers. The odds are in their favor that they won't get beat on long two-pointers.

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May 14, 2012  08:18 AM ET

I don't agree with that they are overplaying Rondo on the drive and leaving KG open. He is the wrong person to leave open as he is one of the best medium range shooters for a big man especially from the elbow.

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May 14, 2012  08:32 AM ET

Sixers will leave sharp-shooting Garnett open...

Don't contest a sharp shooter? That'll win the game for you!

May 14, 2012  08:38 AM ET

I thought Collins was smarter than this thread is implying. If this is indeed Collins strategy, the Sixers are doom, not that they aren't anyways, but it'll be lot quicker if you just leave Kevin open shooting that shot. He can and will knock that down 90% of the time with ease!

May 14, 2012  08:38 AM ET

I hope the Sixers will beat them. Celtics is like the Red Sox. Got cocky and arrogant after they won a title.

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May 14, 2012  08:52 AM ET

Big mistake!

May 14, 2012  08:56 AM ET

The Sixers will get swept then. KG is a proven mid range jump shooter.

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May 14, 2012  09:27 AM ET
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It dont matter....philly isnt beating boston if they are healtjy

Yeah true but they are not 100% healthy which is part of the reason why we can compete with Boston. Sixers advantage is uptempo speed and transition buckets. Sixers didn't play smart down the stretch and Boston just took the game.

May 14, 2012  09:39 AM ET

As a Celtic fan, I am fine with Collins employing this strategy. Keep it up the entire series, Doug.

May 14, 2012  09:46 AM ET

Lesser Of Evils, Bros?

May 14, 2012  09:52 AM ET

I must've been watching a different game because I think the Sixers have a good chance of taking this to 6 or 7 they should've won game 1. But Boston will take the Series.

May 14, 2012  10:07 AM ET

I dare you.... :O)

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May 14, 2012  10:48 AM ET

Sounds to me like the 6ers aren't quite sure how to defend the Celtics. If in fact that's the case, what's the plan after Garnett hits a few?

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May 14, 2012  12:23 PM ET

The Celtics are a far better team than the Sixers. They should be somewhat embarassed that Game 1 was so tight. That being said, anyone who has played competitive basketball before would understand the logic behind this "decision". Doug Collins is a great coach, and gets the most out of a weak team, but I don't think they can stay with Boston in a 7 game series.

 
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