Rob Lunder covers the Boston Celtics for Rant Sports. For all Celtics news go to the team homepage on Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @rlunder18
The Boston Celtics have been on an impressive role as of late winning their past five games, all against respectable opponents. They have two nice match-ups coming up against the Charlotte Bobcats and the New Orleans Hornets at home so that winning streak does have the potential to increase in length. One of the key aspects to the team’s improved play has been the improvements they have made on the defensive end. This has always been the team’s identity, dating all the way back to 2007 when Kevin Garnett joined the ball club. Before his arrival, the team never played consistent defense and it showed as they never had a serious shot at winning a championship. Once Garnett arrived in Boston, everything changed. Arguably one of the best defensive players of all time, he changed the culture on defense and always makes sure that his teammates are in the right positions, especially on rotations and pick and roll defense.
The Celtics have been much better lately and during this win streak they have not allowed more than 100 points to a single opponent. That is usually a recipe for success and it has clearly shown during these last couple of weeks. They have held potent offenses like the Houston Rockets and the New York Knicks to respectable totals and this could never have been said during the beginning of the season. Their team defense was a joke to start the year and it has been nice to see their progress as the season has moved on.
The Celtics have made drastic improvements on the defensive end of the floor and the team needs to continue that level of play from here on out.