Celtics Defense on the Decline

1981-82 Boston Celtics

Whatever happened to the Celtics' team defense? After getting off to a sensational defensive start, the Celtics almost have become a neo-Denver, defeating most foes by the simple expedient of scoring more points.

Consider that in their first 24 games, the Celtics were the league's leading defensive team on the basis of fewest points allowed per game. Only 10 of their first 24 foes managed to crack 100 points, and only three of those teams exceeded 103 points. Only two scored more than 106.

But in the games prior to their last encounter, the Celtics had kept only three teams under 100. Five foes had scored more than 120 (one, Philadelphia, doing it in overtime) and one (Kansas City, also in OT) had scored 119. No one seems to have any explanation.


FLCeltsFan said...

2 words: Kevin Garnett

KG makes the defense work. I also think that the team is getting a little lazy without KG in the lineup. They proved that they can lock down a team when they really want to in the Cavs game. They also have 2 players who don't know the defensive sets trying to fit in.

By the time the playoffs get here, the defense will be back.

Lex said...

Thanks, FCF.

But I think the post is from 1981-82.


FLCeltsFan said...

Yep, it is from 81-82. I had just read another post on another site talking about the lack of defense recently and I saw the title and jumped to conclusions. Well, what I said about this year's team goes anyway...

Lex said...

The dreaded lakers won. That doesn't make me too happy. Looks like the Cs may be the only thing standing in their way now.

FLCeltsFan said...

The Lakers and Cavs both won. It seems like nothing can slow them down except maybe if the refs start calling their games fairly.

I have watched a few of their games and the calls they get are ridiculous. There is a reason they have been pulling so many games out at the end. The calls all go their way down the stretch including some blatantly horrible calls. In the meantime, the Celtics can't seem to catch a break from the refs. 38-12 free throw disparity when the Celtics were the team scoring in the paint and the Cavs were shooting jumpers.

For the Celtics to win this time, they are going to have to beat the refs along with the opposing team.

Lex said...

Marbury needs to start showing signs that he's present and accounted for . . . at least by 3/20.

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