|Posted by B-PAUL on March 23, 2010 at 12:11 AM|
By now I am sure most of you have seen the NBA's "defense" commercial at least once. If you have seen it you know exactly what I'm talking about, if not please check out this video before you continue reading:
As you can see the NBA believes it's all about the defense. Although the Celtics have proved defense can win championships over half the teams in the league allow opponents to score over 100 points per game. The Celtics are not of these teams and when it comes down to it their success is dependent on the way they play defense.
Since the "Big Three Era" this group of players have prided themselves on what they can accomplish on the defensive end. Guys like Paul Pierce who were never really known as good defenders followed the lead of Doc Rivers and Kevin Garnett and adopted to the principles of defense. During the past two seasons the Celtics have been the best defensive team in the league, giving up an average of 91.85 points per game.
At the current moment the Celtics are statistically the second best defensive team this season behind the Charlotte Bobcats. With seventy games in the book they have allowed opponents to score an average of 93.6 points per game. After tonights 110-97 loss to the Utah Jazz I decided to do some research to find out what the Celtics record is when they allow more than twenty points. After figuring this out I came up with the conclusion that the Celtics are a .500 (12-12) basketball team when giving up over a hundred points.
So why could this be? Well the simple answer is that the Celtics do not have the dominate offense that many teams in the league have. As we sit here today the Celtics are averaging 98.92 points per game, good for 19th in the league. Because of this on a nightly basis the Celtics are required to toughen things up on the defensive end. When they collapse on this end of the floor the results are not good, as we saw last night against when the C's forgot to play defense and allowed the Jazz to score a whopping 61 points in the second half.
As the Celtics enter their final stretch of the season, and eventually the NBA playoffs, Doc Rivers will need to make sure that this team does not miss a beat on defense. The goal going into every game should be to limit the opposing to under ninety points, because when the Celtics do this they win 89% (25 out of 28) of the time. These are odds that nobody would want to bet against.
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