Originally Posted by Superjudge
I think Boston had better talent.
Agreed. Talent helps, no question, but I like coaches who are capable of getting the most out of the players they've got by utilizing the game plan that takes advantage of their strengths and masks their weaknesses.
If you have weak individual defenders on your team, it's pointless to preach personal responsibility to them - they simply CAN'T stay between their men and the basket. Instead, the coach should implement a system of help defense designed to, for instance, channel the driver towards the baseline where a big should be waiting.
BTW, Boston played some inspired team defence all season long.