Here come the Boston Celtics. Wednesday's 83-81 win over the Indiana Pacers pushed them to 13-4 since Rajon Rondo's injury and within striking distance of home-court advantage in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs. Given how well the Pacers have played recently, Wednesday's victory was enormous.
How'd it happen? You can thank one of the best late-game plays you'll ever see. Thanks to a brilliant set by Doc Rivers, Jeff Green got a wide-open layup with 0.5 seconds left to give the Celtics the win. Let's take a minute to break down what made this play so great and how the Pacers could have defended it differently.
The reason the play worked so well is that the Celtics used their stars as decoys. The Pacers, like all of us, have seen so many sets that ended with Paul Pierce getting the ball in a one-on-one situation at the end of games. The Celtics come out in an alignment that makes you think they're going to go to Pierce as usual.
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