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Boston Herald.com: “Celtics Tighten Up on Defensive End”
During the five games since that infamous Nov. 28 night, when coach Doc Rivers branded his players a bunch of softies, the Celtics have allowed an average of 87.4 points per game. They didn’t allow more than 95 points during that stretch, and that total was the result of last Friday’s overtime loss in Philadelphia.
That’s progress for a team that in the 14 games prior to their Nov. 28 caning by the Nets allowed opponents to score more than 100 points seven times. The modest improvement has the Celtics ranked 13th in the NBA in scoring defense (96.7 ppg) and 15th in field goal defense (44.4 percent).
So it appears Doc’s “soft” quotes really have made an impact on this squad. But I think fans would like to see a nice stretch of wins and some consistency before jum...