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The Celtics’ leap calls back to the dawn of the Warriors dynasty

One of the first things that comes to mind when I think of this solid, stylistically intriguing endgame is the coaches. More specifically, first-year coach Ime Udoka and the Celtics appear to be largely following in the footsteps of Steve Kerr and the 2014-15 Warriors, who won the NBA title in Kerr’s first season at the helm.

Like most coaches who made it to the second round of the NBA playoffs, Kerr and Udoka played for Gregg Popovich, now considered the most successful coach in league history, and coached under Gregg Popovich at one point or another . Her time with Popovich probably instilled the paramount importance of good, selfless ball movement on a team’s offense.

For Kerr, that meant preaching the importance of more passing and constant movement — even if it wasn’t down to the basic pick-and-roll that so many teams use from one play to the next. The Klay post-ups that had been such a staple under Mark Jackson quickly faded on Kerr’s offense, taking the Dubs from last at 243.8 passes per game in 2013-14 to ninth in the association at 306, 6 passes per night upgraded next year.

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