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Boston Celtics-Dallas Mavericks NBA Finals preview: 3-point shooting & guarding Luka Doncic

Boston Celtics-Dallas Mavericks NBA Finals preview: 3-point shooting & guarding Luka Doncic

Update: 2024-06-03
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This episode of the Lockdown Celtics podcast features a crossover with Nick Angstead, host of the Lockdown Mavericks podcast. They discuss the upcoming NBA Finals matchup between the Celtics and Mavericks, with Angstead asking John Corralis, host of the Lockdown Celtics podcast, questions about the Celtics from a Dallas perspective. Corralis emphasizes the importance of defending Luka Doncic one-on-one, allowing him to take tough shots but limiting his assists and overall impact on the game. He also highlights the Celtics' three-point shooting as a key weapon, noting that they generate a lot of open corner threes and are adept at attacking rotations. Angstead expresses concern about the Celtics' ability to limit the Mavericks' three-point shooting, but Corralis believes the Celtics' offense can wear down the Mavericks' defense over time. The episode also touches on the Celtics' relationship with Kyrie Irving, the impact of Kristaps Porzingis on the Celtics, and the Mavericks' defensive strategy against the Celtics.

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00:00:00
Introduction

This Chapter introduces the Lockdown Celtics Podcast and its host, John Corralis, who is a beat writer for Boston Sports Channel. The episode is sponsored by LinkedIn Jobs, which helps businesses find qualified candidates faster. The episode also features a crossover with Nick Angstead, host of the Lockdown Mavericks Podcast, where they discuss the upcoming NBA Finals matchup between the Celtics and Mavericks.

00:02:31
Defending Luka Doncic

This Chapter focuses on the Celtics' strategy for defending Luka Doncic. Corralis believes that the Celtics should let Doncic try to beat them one-on-one, focusing on limiting his assists and overall impact on the game. He emphasizes the importance of defending Doncic with the Celtics' offense, forcing him to work hard on both ends of the floor and potentially leading to fatigue. Corralis also discusses the importance of limiting Doncic's assists and preventing him from making the other Mavericks players better.

00:15:33
Kyrie Irving and the Celtics

This Chapter explores the relationship between Kyrie Irving and the Boston Celtics. Corralis explains the lingering animosity among Celtics fans towards Irving, stemming from his departure from the team and his previous statements about wanting to return. He also discusses the impact of Irving's presence on the Mavericks and how it might affect the series.

00:17:51
Kristaps Porzingis's Impact

This Chapter examines the role of Kristaps Porzingis on the Celtics. Corralis highlights Porzingis's value as a rim protector and offensive outlet, emphasizing his importance for the Celtics' defense and offense. He also discusses Porzingis's history with the Mavericks and how his role has evolved since his time in Dallas.

00:25:31
The Celtics' Three-Point Shooting

This Chapter focuses on the Celtics' three-point shooting, which is a key weapon for the team. Corralis explains how the Celtics generate a lot of open corner threes and are adept at attacking rotations. He also discusses the importance of the Celtics' three-point shooting in the context of the Mavericks' defensive strategy.

Keywords

Luka Doncic
Luka Doncic is a Slovenian professional basketball player for the Dallas Mavericks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He is widely considered one of the best players in the NBA, known for his exceptional ball-handling skills, passing ability, and scoring prowess. He has been named an NBA All-Star four times and has won the NBA Rookie of the Year Award. Doncic is also a two-time EuroLeague champion and a two-time EuroLeague MVP.

Kyrie Irving
Kyrie Irving is an American professional basketball player for the Dallas Mavericks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He is a seven-time NBA All-Star and a former NBA champion with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Irving is known for his exceptional ball-handling skills, scoring ability, and clutch play. He is also a two-time Olympic gold medalist.

Boston Celtics
The Boston Celtics are an American professional basketball team based in Boston, Massachusetts. They are one of the most successful teams in NBA history, having won 17 NBA championships. The Celtics are known for their rich history, passionate fan base, and iconic green and white uniforms. Some of the most famous players in Celtics history include Bill Russell, Larry Bird, and Kevin Garnett.

Dallas Mavericks
The Dallas Mavericks are an American professional basketball team based in Dallas, Texas. They are known for their high-flying offense and their championship victory in 2011. The Mavericks are led by Luka Doncic, one of the best players in the NBA. Other notable players in Mavericks history include Dirk Nowitzki, Jason Kidd, and Steve Nash.

NBA Finals
The NBA Finals is the championship series of the National Basketball Association (NBA). It is a best-of-seven series played between the champions of the Eastern Conference and the Western Conference. The NBA Finals is the culmination of the NBA season and is one of the most watched sporting events in the world.

Kristaps Porzingis
Kristaps Porzingis is a Latvian professional basketball player for the Boston Celtics of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He is known for his unique combination of size, skill, and shooting ability. Porzingis has played for the New York Knicks, Dallas Mavericks, and Washington Wizards. He is a former NBA All-Star and has been a key player for several teams.

Three-Point Shooting
Three-point shooting is a fundamental aspect of modern basketball. It is a shot taken from beyond the three-point line, which is located 23 feet 9 inches from the basket. Three-point shots are worth three points, as opposed to two points for shots taken inside the three-point line. Teams that can shoot the three-point ball effectively have a significant advantage in today's NBA.

Defense
Defense is a crucial aspect of basketball. It involves preventing the opposing team from scoring points. Defensive strategies can vary, but they typically involve guarding players, contesting shots, and disrupting the opponent's offensive flow. Effective defense can be the difference between winning and losing a game.

Q&A

  • How do the Celtics plan to defend Luka Doncic in the NBA Finals?

    The Celtics plan to defend Luka Doncic one-on-one, allowing him to take tough shots but limiting his assists and overall impact on the game. They believe that by focusing on limiting his assists and preventing him from making the other Mavericks players better, they can effectively neutralize his threat.

  • What is the significance of the Celtics' three-point shooting in the upcoming series?

    The Celtics' three-point shooting is a key weapon for the team, and they generate a lot of open corner threes. Their ability to attack rotations and create open shots from beyond the arc will be crucial in the series, as it will put pressure on the Mavericks' defense and create scoring opportunities.

  • What is the history between Kyrie Irving and the Boston Celtics?

    Kyrie Irving's departure from the Celtics left a lingering animosity among fans. His previous statements about wanting to return and his decision to leave for the Nets created a sense of betrayal. While Irving has moved on to the Mavericks, his history with the Celtics will likely play a role in the series.

  • What impact does Kristaps Porzingis have on the Celtics?

    Kristaps Porzingis is a valuable asset for the Celtics, providing rim protection on defense and serving as an offensive outlet. His presence allows the Celtics to play a more balanced game, with Porzingis providing a reliable scoring option and a defensive presence in the paint.

  • How can the Mavericks limit the Celtics' three-point shooting?

    The Mavericks will need to be aggressive in defending the Celtics' three-point shooters, forcing them to take tough shots and limiting their open looks. They will also need to be aware of the Celtics' ability to attack rotations and create open shots, and they will need to be disciplined in their defensive assignments.

Show Notes

We're starting our week-long preview of the NBA Finals with part one of our double-barrel crossover podcasts between Locked On Celtics and Locked On Mavs with a look at how the Celtics defense will operate against Dallas, the Celtics 3-point shooting and why they'll go at it a lot, and why repetition is going to be Boston's best weapon to get the shots they want. 

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