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Small ball isn't so much a revolutionary movement as it is a useful tactic to combat the league's elite teams such as the Oklahoma City Thunder and Miami Heat. Boston headed into the season with this philosophy, constructing a team that featured Kevin Garnett at center, Rajon Rondo at point guard and a list of similarly sized athletes falling in between.
As the season has gone on, the Celtics have experimented with small lineups but also larger ones, starting the likes of Jason Collins at center and moving Garnett to the 4. They've also dabbled with Garnett and Chris Wilcox on the floor at the same time and, before he hurt his back, Jared Sullinger and Brandon Bass. But extracting numbers from what happens with the former two would be useless given the tiny sample size, and the latter pair is a moot point.
What isn't useless, though, is the recent Paul Pierce/Jeff Green tandem that has helped this team. In their last nine games, Pierce and Green have shared the court for 197 minutes.
In that time, the Celtics are scoring 106.2 points per 100 possessions and holding opponents to 86.5 points per 100 possessions for a ridiculous point differential of plus-19.7, according to NBA.com. On the defensive end, they're switching on pick-and-rolls while creating matchup nightmares on offense.
This pair has been effective, and it'll be interesting to see how much further they can grow together by the playoffs.