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Celtics' success starts with stops

With an offense that struggles at times, defense is old reliable for veteran team

Updated: June 7, 2012, 12:12 AM ET
By Chris Forsberg | ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- There's a perception that the Boston Celtics are an overachieving bunch, an aging team that is leaning on its experience to mask the deficiencies that have set in over time.

An inconsistent offense, a short-and-streaky bench and a penchant for making things as difficult as possible on themselves have done little to dispel that notion. But what sometimes gets glazed over is the fact that these Celtics lay claim to the best defense in the NBA playoffs.

And, well, ...

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