Mazzola explains interesting changes to the Celtics lineup for Game 6 appeared in the original NBC Sports Boston
Want modifications? Joe Mazola I’ll give you adjustments.
the Boston Celtics They plan to start Robert Williams instead of Derek White in the game 6 in Philadelphia against the 76ers And Mazallah confirmed, on Thursday evening, in his press conference before the start of the match. Athlete Jared Weiss and Shams Charania I first reported the lineup change.
Tomase: With the season on the line, the Celtics need Joe Mazzulla to deliver
This means that the Celtics will return to the “big double” lineup they used during their run to the 2022 NBA Finals, with Williams and Alhorford in the anterior region with Marcus SmartAnd Jaylen Brown And Jason Tatum.
“He just gives us a different look,” Mazzola told reporters ahead of Game 6. “I think Rob is at his best, giving us a boost, especially on the defensive end. So I’m just looking for that.”
“…just his presence on the edge, his ability to guard on the perimeter and rebound and screen for us, I think those are the things he’s been really good at all year, and that’s what we’re looking for from him tonight.”
Boston found great success with the Williams/Horford pairing during the regular season, but the duo struggled during their brief stint on the court in this series, noted Chris Forsberg.
However, the double-big lineup would allow Williams to reconcile with the Sixers forward PJ Tucker and acts more like a stray shot-blocking punter on the backline, as Horford tries to contain Joel Embiid and Brown matches James Harden.
In another interesting twist, Weiss and Charania mention that the backup guard Peyton Pritchard He is expected to get more chances in Game 6. Pritchard’s first minutes of the series came in Game 5, when he scored eight points in nine minutes in the second half with the Celtics already trailing by double digits.
It remains to be seen if these turnovers pay off for Boston, but it looks like Mazzola is trying to push a few different buttons with his team’s backs against the wall.
NBC Sports Boston’s coverage of Game 6 begins at 6:30 PM ET with “Celtics Pregame Live” before a 7:30 PM report from Wells Fargo Center.