I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, a win is a win. Tonight the Boston Celtics escaped the three point shooting of the Philadelphia 76ers and moved to 11-4 on the season. The Celtics used a great fourth quarter to get the lead up to eight with seven minutes remaining in the game and hung on to a 110-103 victory at the TD Garden.
There were times during the game tonight when the Celtics had people wondering what was again going wrong with the team. At times they again looked like they were playing to the level of their opponent. They would jump out to a six to eight point lead and give it right back up. Part of this was due to the lights out three point shooting by the Sixers, or lack of perimeter defense by the Celtics.
The perimeter defense being played by the Celtics right now is atrocious. Every team they play, statistically good from behind the arc or not, has been killing us behind the arc. The Celtics have allowed 48 three pointers in their last five games against Indiana (9), Golden State (6), Orlando (10), New York (10), and Philadelphia (13). We need to stop blaming this on the other team getting “lucky” from deep. If you leave a NBA player open they are going to make the shot. If the Celtics want to move forward and become a more dominant team they need to step up the defense on the perimeter.
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