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Celtics Legends Series: 2008 Celtics defense

Posted by shawn cassidy on August 28, 2011 at 2:50 AM



When the trades went down in 2007. I thought right off the bat that this team would score in the mid 100's. The first game of the big three era they dominated the Wizards in a laugher 103-83. The Celtics looked like an offensive force,but behind the force was a killer defense. A nasty defense that made teams gasp for air. When I watch the games from 2008. The opposing team reminds me of a person trying to swim up after seeing a shark in the ocean. KG was the head, or brains  on the defensive body,but Rondo was the heart. KG was barking out orders,and the others would follow. Garnett held everyone accountable on defense. Paul Pierce was known as an all around player,but not really known for defense before the big three era. Paul would lock down the teams best wing player,and he gave up some of his offensive power to play even harder on defense.

 


Rondo was the heart of the defense. He would gamble in the passing lanes,and it worked more than it failed. He learned quickly to read the offenses,and to adjust on a fly in-game action. Rondo has long arms,and big hands. Not everyone who's 6 foot 1 inch can say that.The Celtics also had two bench players in James Posey,and Tony Allen that could hold their own against anyone. Posey throughout the 2008 title run had big stops. Who could forget the nose dive steal in a close match-up in the garden against the Mavs. He also had a major steal in-game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals.


 

The true mastermind could be the Celtics associate head coach Tom Thibodeau. He was with the Rockets with Jeff Van Gundy prior to the 2008 season with the Celtics. Just like KG coach Thibodeau gave a certain intensity that's not seen by any assistant coach. It was an edge that no other team had in the NBA. The Celtics in 2008 gave every ounce of sweat,and every aching muscle to the defensive end.  It was beautiful to watch. As a fan I never became so involved in defensive stats until the 2008 season.  I was obsessed with the point differential,and opponents field goal percentage. In which the Celtics  ranked number one in both categories.

 

In 2008 the Celtics set some records,and they came close to some. They tied for second all-time in most wins over 20 points. They destroyed teams nightly,and it was fun to watch. We all know the season before 2008 the Celtics were laughed at,and now the Celtics could do some laughing. We also know about GINO time at the garden. In any blowout at the garden it was time for GINO. KG was in love with the idea,and the rest climbed aboard. We know the Celtics won their 17th NBA championship in 2008. It was because of  defense.

 


The defense was a team effort,and it  geared around ubuntu. The Celtics after the 2008 season have played good defense,but they haven't played 2008 defense. The magic from 2008 hasn't been re-produced,but it's been very close. It's taken a hit because of KG's injury problems. KG regained his footing in the 2010 playoffs,and through the 2011 season. The biggest hit may have come when Tom Thibodeau  left for a head coaching job in Chicago after the second NBA finlas made by the Celtics in 2010.


The Celtics had hoped to be one of the greatest defensive teams of all-time. At this time the Celtics of this era will be known as  a one,and done championship team. They will be know as one of the great defensive teams for one season. You need to produce championships to be known as a great team long-term. The Celtics have been the class of the East in the past four seasons. The Celtics are the greatest NBA franchise. You can never takeaway the 2008 season,and how great the defense was.


Click here for the 2008 team stats

 




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2 Comments

Reply paul
8:00 AM on August 28, 2011 
To my mind, the most important impact The Trade had was on our defense. Numerically, we didn't suffer that much when Perkins went away, and of course, he wasn't his old self, but what we lost was that championship edge you are talking about. Other teams didn't fear our defense anymore. It's just hard to have that powerful, crushing defense when you no longer have a defensive anchor. Rondo and KG couldn't gamble as much without Perkins back there watching everything, in a machine whose parts still worked together, even when banged up.
Reply Ron Leyba
12:34 PM on August 28, 2011 
paul says...
To my mind, the most important impact The Trade had was on our defense. Numerically, we didn't suffer that much when Perkins went away, and of course, he wasn't his old self, but what we lost was that championship edge you are talking about. Other teams didn't fear our defense anymore. It's just hard to have that powerful, crushing defense when you no longer have a defensive anchor. Rondo and KG couldn't gamble as much without Perkins back there watching everything, in a machine whose parts still worked together, even when banged up.

Until we have a chance for Howard in 2012. What do you think are short term solution would be?