The Wizards were the hottest team in the league heading in the playoffs.
“You gotta make everything as difficult as possible. It’s easier said than done. They’re the kind of team that you’re going to have to challenge everything. You’re going to have to take care of the basketball. You’re going to have to sprint to take away any easy transition baskets. You’re going to have to take away easy baskets on cuts and rebounds, because if they’re able to add up a number of easy baskets that way through their motor and energy and a lack of playing the right way on our part, then that becomes all those other shots that they make become too much to overcome,” Stevens said.
Against the Celtics, the Nets averaged 20.3 fast break points in their three wins, most given up to a team by Boston all year. That’s why people all over the league have as many versatile defenders as they can where they switch all over the place and then you try and limit the rotations because that’s inevitably how teams get layups, threes, and rebounds,” Stevens said.