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Phoenix Suns ball movement has created a blueprint for Udoka’s Celtics



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“Sorry Brad, but 27th in assists last year…We want to have more team basketball. But you have Jayson and Jaylen and you need to play to your strengths. And we’re going to get after defensively from the start,” Udoka said. A form of attack where players embrace being off-ball and affect an opponent’s defensive structure through movement and screening plays.

No doubt that Udoka is watching the NBA Finals with a keen intrigue into Phoenix’s game plan, knowing that for the Celtics to climb up the Eastern Conference, similar levels of ball and player movement will be required if he wishes to maximize the talents of his supporting cast. Udoka will undoubtedly have his own ideas and theories-let’s not forget that he’s a disciple of Gregg Popovich and those ball-moving Spurs teams of the 2010’s-on how improving the Celtics’ assist percentage should be achieved, but it would be a big shock if we don’t see some of the Suns plays or ideologies replicated in TD Garden next season.

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