With the caveat that it is TBD if the team has figured it out or if they just figured it out last night and could relapse like they have in the past, but that was indeed an impressive performance. They corrected a bunch of mistakes from game 1: (i) taking more 3s, (ii) higher energy on D generally, (iii) playing much tighter on the ballhandler, (iv) picking up closer to half court and (v) going over screens tightly with effort. It was night and day. Playing Grant more minutes was a very good call. Staying with Al, whose defensive effort was excellent even though he was woeful from 3 was a good call. A special shout out to Jaylen. I think it was the best game I've seen him play. His defensive effort was there all night, and he really is the perfect guy to guard Harden up and down the court, and to stay in his space. He was also awesome on offense. What a complete game. Great to seeI have to make a mea culpa here because I think I was wrong. I have been critical of Mazzulla for not getting into the team and lighting them up. After watching the post game press conferences for him and Jaylen, I think Mazzulla got into them and challenged all of them to show some effort and pride on defense and it appears the results were outstanding.
Good on Joe and good on the team for taking it to heart