Kemba Walker raises major issue with Sixers’ defense after Game 2 blowout
The Boston Celtics cruised to a 128-101 in Game 2 of their first-round series with the Philadelphia 76ers. After the game, guard Kemba Walker raised a major issue with the 76ers defense that they took advantage of.
Per Jay King of The Athletic, Walker shared that he saw lots of gaps in the 76ers defense.
Kemba Walker on the way the 76ers see guarding him: “It’s different. I really haven’t seen that much space in a very long time.”
— Jay King (@ByJayKing) August 20, 2020
In Wednesday’s win, Walker dropped 22 points, four rebounds, and two assists. He was 8-of-16 from the field and 1-of-6 from deep. His teammate Jayson Tatum led the team with 33 points on 12-of-20 from the field and 8-of-12 from downtown.
The 76ers-Celtics duel is one of the most highly-anticipated series in the playoffs. After all, both teams have built a rivalry over the last few years as of the two of the best teams in the East. But so far, the series hasn’t lived up to the hype. The Brad Stevens-coached crew now have a comfortable 2-0 lead.
To be fair with the 76ers, they don’t have the services of Ben Simmons — their main playmaker and best defensive player. But then again, injuries are part of the game and the 76ers need to figure something out if they don’t want to fall to a 0-3 rut to Boston.
The numbers show that the Celtics shot 44.2 percent from deep as opposed to the 76ers 23.8 percent clip. Walker and company also outscored them on the break 17-1. The aforementioned statistics are very telling. Add the fact that Walker, who’s so used to seeing the best defensive packages thrown at him, is having the time of his life abusing the weak 76ers’ pressure.