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Doc Reduces Playbook By Half

Woah, woah, woah.  I'm sorry Baby, but we're not running the alley-oop play for you.
Woah, woah, woah. I'm sorry Baby, but we're not running the alley-oop play for you.

Doc may think that the players are over-thinking on offense too much, so he's decided to make things simple.  via Celtics.com (h/t Bahku)

Heading into Game 1 of the 2011 NBA Playoffs, Doc Rivers is bringing his team back to the basics. Just two days prior to tip off against the New York Knicks, Boston's head coach decided to slash his team's playbook in half. Literally.

"I'm cutting out literally half of our offensive playbook," Rivers told the media after Friday's lengthy practice, which lasted about two and a half hours. "I made a choice: I'd rather run a couple things well than a lot of things average or poor."

I'm kind of surprised this didn't happen after the trade deadline.  In fact, I would be that it probably did for the 2nd unit.  But I think this is a wise move.  Perhaps this will help the new guys like Green and Krstic to feel part of the flow and focus on reacting instead of thinking.

Delonte and Shaq have also missed a lot of practice time and Shaq in particular might be a bit rusty (despite the showing he put on that brief 5 minute run before getting hurt again).

I'm sure if they start clicking and the defenses start to react to what the C's are doing, Doc will add back plays as needed.  But there's little worry about that when playing the Knicks.