Boston Celtics Get Defensive About Championship Drive

October 4th, 2010 by Frances White Leave a reply »
The Boston Celtics have been the class of their division for some time and have been mentioned as championship contenders for the past three years.  This year is no different—except for the bad taste of a Game 7 loss in the 2010 NBA Finals to the Los Angeles Lakers.

There were issues throughout the roster. Veteran players like Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce were slow to recover from injury.  The self-described, “ticket-stub” Glen Davis, reverted back to his original moniker “Big Baby” by breaking his hand just before the 2009-10 season started. 

The one thing, however, that ultimately doomed them was their on-again-off again relationship with consistent defensive tenacity.

It also seemed that the leg injuries that KG suffered affected his ability to defend and box out the opponent. Younger and fresher legs, like Rashard Lewis of the Orlando Magic, beat him repeatedly to the baseline.

This season the team has made defense the focus and KG's Doberman-like attitude has resurfaced in training camp.  Something the Celtic staff has readily admitted was sorely lacking, as w ...

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