Saturday, February 20, 2010
Department of Interior
By Chris Forsberg
Just how good has the Celtics' interior defense been the past two games? Our friends at ESPN Stats and Information help us dig deeper into the numbers.
The Blazers revamped front line featuring LaMarcus Aldridge and Marcus Camby was unable to score inside against the Celtics' big men. The Blazers connected on just 8 of 21 attempts for 16 points within eight feet of the basket. Boston struggled a bit to slow the Lakers in the first half of Thursday's win. (A comparison of numbers from the back-to-back in table at right.)
The Celtics' interior defense has been fantastic much of the season, limiting opponents to 56.6 percent near the rim, which ranked third in the NBA coming into Friday's game.
Those numbers against LA are slightly deceiving as Perkins spent much of the first half on the bench due to foul trouble, allowing Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum perform much of their damage in his absence. Perkins helped the Celtics clamp down in the second half. (Check out the numbers comparison at right).