Forsberg’s Mailbag: Why Mazzulla hates timeouts and early trade talk originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston
The Boston Celtics own the best record in the NBA at 13-3 on the strength of nine straight wins. But questions persist about the roster, the reintegration of Robert Williams III, and more.
Let’s tackle some of the most common questions we’ve seen in the mailbag recently:
Why does Joe Mazzulla hate timeouts?
Joe Mazzulla, thrust into the role of interim head coach amid the Ime Udoka scandal, has the Boston Celtics playing offense at historic efficiency. He’s pressed all the right buttons despite the team being at less than full health to start the season. About the only gripe among some Celtics fans: Mazzulla’s aversion to timeouts.
The Celtics have owned double-digit leads in 14 of their 16 games to start the season but seem to have to withstand at least one furious charge per game. Boston’s own offensive lulls in those instances have sometimes made games get a little tighter than they needed to be.
After Friday’s win in New Orleans, Mazzulla was quizzed about his timeout usage and professed a “love” of letting players work through adversity.
“I think you have to go through that as a team. You have to build an awareness for your team as to what’s going on,” said Mazzulla. “Sometimes I like the fact that we have to execute through a run instead of calling a timeout for a run. So it’s a feel thing, there are times when you are going to have to do it. But in order for us to be a great team, we have to handle those situations and we got to build an awareness, we have to know how to execute.
“Quite honestly, I’ve watched a lot of timeouts where you call one and then nothing good happens after the timeout. So it’s a 50/50 shot that timeouts are going to work.”
Much research of NBA game data has been conducted with the general conclusion being that timeouts do not consistently improve team performance in the aftermath. Which explains why there’s no uniform rule for using timeouts. Data seems to suggest what should be rather obvious: The NBA’s best teams are more likely to steady themselves than…
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Publish date : 2022-11-21 15:50:00
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