Originally posted on Red's Army  |  Last updated 4/10/12
Sports Illustrated's Zach Lowe has an interesting column on the Celtics defense. Long story short - it's awesome. Over the last 15 games, Boston has allowed 92.9 points per 100 possessions, about 8.5 points per 100 possessions better than the league average. Over the last 10 games? That number is down to 89.1, a ridiculous 12.5 points per 100 possessions below the league’s overall average. It’s not unprecedented for an elite defense to have a 10-game stretch like this, but Boston is pushing the limits right now. Bottom line: The Celtics’ season-long defense has been very good, but their defense over the last 15 games would qualify as historically good if they can duplicate it over the long haul. And “historically good” at least gives them a chance to be interesting in the playoffs, because the Celtics’ offense has continued to produce at a bottom-five level even during this hot streak. There's no reason to believe the Celtics defense can't sustain this level of play. One of...
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