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Celtics Morning Joe: The Celtics have best defensive performance of the season

Posted by shawn cassidy on December 1, 2012 at 6:00 AM



The Celtics showed what they can do, and what they want to do on the defensive end Friday night. The Celtics had a season high 16 steals, and that's with out their steals leader Rondo. In a lot of ways I felt like the C's effort was for Rondo. Because they let him down in the Nets loss after he was kicked out.


The Celtics allowed the Blazers to shoot just 34% for the game. Another best for the C's so far this season. The Celtics also allowed their fewest points this season. The Blazers only put up 78 points. This was a true defensive performance. I felt like the Celtics allowed to many points. I was upset when the Celtics were up 20 or so points, and they gave up hoops. I wanted the Celtics to pitch the perfect defensive game Friday.


It was their best so far, but you know they can do better, and that's scary. I'm very shocked when looking over the box score that the C's loss the glass 37-36. But they edged the Blazers on the defensive boards 31-27. I was pleased with Sully's 8 rebounds, and frankly his entire performance. I think it's coming to a point that he needs to start. He continues to improve.


The Celtics also forced 21 turnovers, and that's a total team effort with traps, and getting back to your spot after covering, and helping on defense. The Blazers are not the Nets. But holding them to 78 points should be expected.


The strides have been made, but they need to put together a string of games like this.


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3 Comments

Reply paul
7:55 AM on December 1, 2012 
You said it, Shawn. Let's see this repeated, and let's see the D get even stronger when Rondo returns. And I hope Rondo pays attention. We all know that Rondo can't play like Avery. He's got to be the leader on both ends, and he's more of a free safety anyway. But he's got to play with some Honey Badger in him. The guards have to put some hurt on opposing offenses before they even get into their sets. Our Bigs can do a lot, but we have become a guard oriented team. Perk doesn't live here anymore, but we do have some amazing defensive guards.
Reply Franklinf
10:29 AM on December 1, 2012 
paul says...
You said it, Shawn. Let's see this repeated, and let's see the D get even stronger when Rondo returns. And I hope Rondo pays attention. We all know that Rondo can't play like Avery. He's got to be the leader on both ends, and he's more of a free safety anyway. But he's got to play with some Honey Badger in him. The guards have to put some hurt on opposing offenses before they even get into their sets. Our Bigs can do a lot, but we have become a guard oriented team. Perk doesn't live here anymore, but we do have some amazing defensive guards.


Lee was the honey badger last night. He was all over the place. Love that, and he was a x-factor last night without a doubt.
Reply paul
6:29 PM on December 1, 2012 
Franklinf says...
Lee was the honey badger last night. He was all over the place. Love that, and he was a x-factor last night without a doubt.


We need it from Rondo too.