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“I’ve been talking about (defensive pressure) a lot, and over the last seven games it’s been paying dividends for us,” said Rivers. “I told our guys, we also broke our own record with deflections. It felt like we had 100, and it was important, because we couldn’t make a shot.
“I didn’t like our shots down the stretch, but overall we got a lot of good shots,” he said. “They just weren’t going in. So we won a game where the team we played shot 51 percent, and we shot 43 percent. That was happening to us earlier in the year, where we lost a couple of games where we shot the exact opposite.
“When you get more possessions like that, you give yourself a chance to win the game.”
Way to find the silver lining, Doc. Deflections aside, the Celtics allowed Dallas to shoot 51% for the game and gave up 53 points in the 3r