Defense certainly is a focal point for the Boston Celtics and Milwaukee Bucks. It's a matter of execution that's been a problem at times.
After Boston's debut didn't go as well as it hoped, visiting Milwaukee looks to get its season off to a better start while avoiding a seventh straight loss in the series Friday night.
The Celtics were the NBA's second-best defensive team last season, giving up an average of 89.3 points, before coming within one victory of winning the Eastern Conference title.
They failed to carry over that defensive success into this season's opener Tuesday, falling 120-107 to reigning NBA champion Miami in a rematch of their seven-game conference finals series.
The points Boston gave up tied its most allowed in a regular-season game since a 127-121 loss to Chicago on March 17, 2009.
"That's not who we are," said Paul Pierce, who scored a team-high 23 points. "The way we defended (Tuesday), we're not going to be a team that's going to give up 120 points. We'v...