After two gut-wrenching home court victories, Boston Celtics' coach Doc Rivers devised a game plan that was air tight for Game 3 at Madison Square Garden against the depleted-by-injury New York Knicks.
The first component was automatic. Frankly, any coach who doesn't employ the following strategy falls into the Isiah Thomas category. With Amar'e Stoudemire(notes) ailing, and Chauncey Billups(notes) in a very nicely tailored suit sitting complacently on the Knicks' bench, Carmelo Anthony(notes) is the only viable consistent scoring option. At some point during the second half of Game Two, with 'Melo torching the Celtics every time he touched the ball, Rivers started employing double and triple teams, with defenders scrambling back to the open man when Anthony was forced to pass. Without reliable scorers, the Knicks were flummoxed.