Al Horford and Jayson Tatum

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Jayson Tatum picks exactly the play you'd think as Brad Stevens' best of last season

John Tomase
August 24, 2018 - 1:17 pm

Brad Stevens deflects every time someone mentions his genius, particularly on out-of-bounds plays. But his players are free to sing his praises, and according to Jayson Tatum, the best play Stevens ran all year is exactly the one you'd think.

Appearing on Bill Simmons' podcast at The Ringer, Tatum broke down the lob to Al Horford for the layup that beat the Sixers in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinals, noting his amazement at Stevens' powers of prediction.

From the transcript:

"But Brad, the Al Horford play, he just knew -- I remember I was at the block and he knew Philly was switching everything," Tatum said. "So, whoever set the pick for me, I ran to the corner, their man switched on me, and Al set a pick for JB (Jaylen Brown) so that made (Joel) Embiid switch, and JB ran to the other side of the court so we wanted Embiid away from the basket.

"And we knew, once they switched, he was going to be on top of them. So he said, 'All you've got to do, Al, is seal them. You'll be wide open.' And when it worked just how he said it was going to work, I was like, 'Wow. That was crazy.' Like, everything worked exactly how he said it was going to work, and it won us a game."

Here's the play, to refresh your memory.