Thus far, Stan Van Gundy is being out-coached by Doc Rivers

Orlando is now down 0-2, heading to Boston for Game 3.

Q1. How come?

Game 1, Box Score

 

PLAYER USAGE, GAME 1

 

Orlando Magic

Boston Celtics

Pos

PLAYER

MP

Pos

PLAYER

MP

STARTERS

PG

OG

Rondo

R-Allen

46

40

PG

OG

Nelson

Carter

38

41

SF

Pierce

42

SF

Barnes

15

PF

C

Garnett

Perkins

34

26

PF

C

Lewis

Howard

42

39

KEY SUBS

G

T-Allen

17

PG

Williams

10

 

 

 

OG

Redick

19

SF

Pietrus

20

PF

Davis

15

 

 

?

?

C

Wallace

20

 

Gortat

14

RESERVES

PG

Robinson

DNP

PG

Johnson

DNP

G/F

G/F

Finley

Daniels

1

DNP

 

 

 

PF

Williams

DNP

PF

Bass

DNP

 

 

 

PF

Anderson

DNP

Game 2, Box Score

 

PLAYER USAGE, GAME 2

 

Orlando Magic

Boston Celtics

Pos

PLAYER

MP

Pos

PLAYER

MP

STARTERS

PG

OG

Rondo

R-Allen

45

39

PG

OG

Nelson

Carter

38

26

SF

Pierce

40

SF

Barnes

21

PF

C

Garnett

Perkins

35

15

PF

C

Lewis

Howard

41

40

KEY SUBS

G

T-Allen

15

PG

Williams

10

 

 

 

OG

Redick

34

SF

Pietrus

16

PF

Davis

28

 

 

?

?

C

Wallace

18

 

Gortat

15

RESERVES

PG

Robinson

DNP

PG

Johnson

DNP

G/F

G/F

Finley

Daniels

5

DNP

 

 

 

PF

Williams

DNP

PF

Bass

DNP

 

 

 

PF

Anderson

DNP

A1. Similar to what happened during Boston’s series vs Cleveland …

Thus far, Doc Rivers is significantly out-coaching his counterpart, in terms of how he is using his personnel to best advantage.

The choice going forward for Stan Van Gundy is actually quite simple:

OPTION 1
Keep doing exactly what the Magic have done to this point … and get swept, by losing 4 straight “close” games to an equally strong and championship calibre opponent;

or,

OPTION 2
Stop giving extended playing time to inferior players like Matt Barnes [SF] and JJ Redick [OG], over someone like Mickael Pietrus [G-F] – who is a much btter all-around player – and stop completely sitting out players like Brandon Bass [PF] and Ryan Anderson [PF], in favour of using only Dwight Howard [C], Rashard Lewis [PF] and Marcin Gortat [C/PF] – in an exclusively ”3 Bigs” rotation – when Boston is going with a “4 Bigs” rotation, involving Garnett [PF], Perkins [C], Davis [PF] and Wallace [C] … and, in the process, turn “close-but-no-cigar” losses into out-right W’s.

This is what the “individual Match-ups” have looked like to this point:

No.

Pos

Orlando Magic

vs

Pos

Boston Celtics

1

PG

Nelson/Williams

à

PG

Rondo

2

OG

Carter/Redick

ß

OG

R-Allen

3

SF

Barnes/Pietrus/Carter

à

SF

Pierce

4

PF

Lewis

=

PF

Garnett

5

C

Howard

ßß

C

Perkins

6

G

Redick

=

G

T-Allen

7

PF

Lewis

à

PF

Davis

8

PF/C

Gortat

à

PF/C

Wallace

9

 

 

=

G/F

Finley

10

PG

Johnson

=

PG

Robinson

11

PG

Bass

=

G/F

Daniels

12

PF/C

Anderson

=

PF/C

Williams/Scalabrine

13

HC

Van Gundy

à

HC

Rivers

 

 

+3

 

 

+5

If, however, SVG shifts to ”individual match-ups” which look like this, instead:

No.

Pos

Orlando Magic

vs

Pos

Boston Celtics

1

PG

Nelson

à

PG

Rondo

2

OG

Carter

ßß

OG

R-Allen

3

SF

Pietrus

à

SF

Pierce

4

PF

Lewis

=

PF

Garnett

5

C

Howard

ßß

C

Perkins

6

G

Barnes/Williams

=

G

T-Allen

7

PF

Bass/Gortat

=

PF

Davis

8

PF/C

Anderson

=

PF/C

Wallace

9

G/F

Redick

=

G/F

Finley

10

PG

Williams/Johnson

=

PG

Robinson

11

PG

Johnson/Barnes

=

G/F

Daniels

12

PF/C

Gortat/Bass

ß

PF/C

Williams/Scalabrine

13

HC

Van Gundy

=

HC

Rivers

 

 

+5

 

 

+2

then, Orlando would still have a have a solid chance to win this series in 7 games.

The choice is up to Stan.

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2 Responses to “Thus far, Stan Van Gundy is being out-coached by Doc Rivers”

  1. Scott G Says:

    Interesting that you think Lewis is even with KG… to me, Lewis has been close to useless against KG, and that matchup is a big reason why BOS is winning this handily at the moment.

    Why SVG doesn’t play Anderson against Sheed is beyond me… it’s a perfect matchup against a guy that will otherwise be hard for the ORL bigs to cover at the 3pt line.

    Lastly… did you see what happened to Wince Carter? I watched the replay, and I’m still not sure what happened to his left wrist for him to be close to tears. That guy has all the talent in the world but IMO he’s too soft to take a team to the promised land without a LOT of help.

  2. khandor Says:

    Scott G.,

    1. When Garnett is 100% healthy is is significantly better than Lewis, IMO. When Garnett is not 100% healthy, however, then Lewis can hold his own vs the “Big Ticket”.

    In Game 1 and Game 2 of this series both players were largely ineffective.

    In Lewis’ situation – at least, in part – this is because he is also being asked to play additional minutes vs Glen Davis … who is a very physical player.

    Either Bass or Gortat should be playing vs Davis, IMO. This would then provide Lewis with some badly needed rest and give Orlando a totally different look … which Boston would then have to game-plan against, in order to stop effectively.

    2. SVG is making a big mistake not playing Anderson vs Wallace.

    3. As badly as Orlando’s played in these 2 games … if Wince Carter:

    i. Doesn’t go for the step-back jumper – on his drive going left through the lane, in the last few minutes of last night’s game – which he missed, instead of continuing his drive toward the basket, either, for the bucket or the foul;

    and,

    ii. Doesn’t miss both of his FT’s in the final minute of last night’s game;

    there’s a very good chance that this series would be tied 1-1, heading to Beantown.

    4. If Orlando can manage to win Game 3 … which is very doable, if SVG just makes a couple of the necessary adjustments … there’s a very good chance that there will be, at least, a Game 6, in this series, back in Boston next week. :-)

    5. It’s fortunate for Orlando, and for Wince, himself, that he DOES happen to have a LOT of help with this year’s Magic team … provided that SVG uses it properly.

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