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Has Celtics hallowed defense returned over the past four games?

 For an NBA team known historically as a defense-first crew, Boston fans could hardly tell that by the 2-5 start to the Celtics season. Where did the defense go, or was it ever going to be there this season?


We may be seeing a return of the hallowed Boston defense. It is true. Over the last four games, the team is 3-1, with the top Defensive Rating in the League. They are also tops in preventing Second-Chance Points by opposing teams - and fourth in Opponent Points in the Paint

Since Boston only ranks 16th in Defensive Boards, it can be inferred that their interior defense, aka protecting the paint, has returned - at least for now. It remains to be seen whether the 2021-22 version of The Green resembles the 2-5 group to start the season - or the 3-1 troop, but for now, Celtics Defensive Stalwarts-of-Old (Russ, KC, Cowens, Hondo, Satch, etc.) would be uplifted by those last four contests.

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