|Posted on January 10, 2013 at 7:00 AM|
“I think the combination of Courtney Lee and no disrespect to Rondo or any other guards we got, but Courtney Lee and Avery are impacting the game from a defensive stand point from the guard position where it all trickles down to all the forwards,” Garnett said. “When we see them up like that, we get up and then we up to what we call major pressure. Any time you can pressure the guards and take time off the shot clock, you put the other team into a panic and now they gotta go into a pic and roll versus some play the were gonna call on us.
“I don’t know, you know. But they’ll definitely start to make some noise. I think Doc’s starting to understand the rotation he’s going with, and I think the rotation we are going with, he’s confident in it, and everybody kind of knows their niche right now.”
Something is clicking for the Celtics, and the defense has been the first thing to come. The Celtics are allowing 82 points a game during this four game winning streak. That's more like it from the Celtics. Lee had three steals, and Avery had two Wednesday night against the Suns. Rondo's defense has picked up as well. But Lee, and Avery have lifted the C's. Now I see Lee as a crucial player, and he's improved as well as the season moves on. I say I see Lee as a crucial player now for a big reason. Maybe a week ago I looked at Lee as a player that the Celtics could trade to get a big. But when Bradley sits, the defense won't drop off when Lee backs him, or Rondo.
I didn't want to say that Bradley was the savior, but he's something for sure. The Celtics are 4-1 since he returned, and I think everyone else feels more comfortable since his return.