It's been eight days, and three games, since Doc Rivers called his team soft following their rather embarrassing loss at home against the Nets. Since then the team is 2-1, beating the Blazers by 18, losing in Milwaukee by 3 (both of these games without Rajon Rondo) and then beating the Timberwolves by 10 last night. More than just the results though, the team has played differently since Rivers comments (horrible 2nd quarter against the Bucks not withstanding). Now remember, the two things that Doc called his team out for were their poor defense, and egregious defensive rebounding. Since that night, it's clear that the team has picked up the pace considerably in those departments. Let's take a closer look, shall we?
Before 'soft' - 15 games
Allowed 99.7 points/game
Opponents shot 46.1% from the field
Opponents had a 26.5% Offensive Rebounding Percentage
After 'soft' - 3 games
87.7 points/game (10 points per game less)
40.4% shooting (5.7% worse)