The C’s still hold the leagues best defense as far as points allowed per game. For the 6 games before the last three, the Celtics had not given up 100 points in a game. The defense started to look like that lock down D we had seen in the 07-08 season. They were swarming and giving up very few open looks. Most of all, they did not take quarters off.
In the last three games, they have given up 100+ points. Now, okay, 2 of the teams played were high scoring clubs. The Nuggets are in the west, so obviously they like to score, and the Knicks just shoot threes with no defense, so that game is likely to be high scoring. The Cavs game, thats somewhat questionable. Typically when these two teams match up they get into tough grind it out games that end with scores in the mid 80’s to low 90’s. The Celtics hit that pace right on, but didnt do it at the other end.
Like I said in last nights recap, the Celtics have a very easy stretch. In these upcoming games, they should be able to hold all teams to under 100 points, with the exception to maybe the Grizzlies. They currently give up just over 94 points per game, but even that is not good enough if the offense is going to struggle as much as it has. Its not every day you score 87 points and beat the Lakers. The defense got it done on that night, but in the playoffs it cant be expected to always hold teams under 90. For now, lets just get these opponent scores under 100, shall we?
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