C's recapturing gritty roots

Doc likes cranked-up defense, but can they keep it up and catch fire?

Updated: December 10, 2012, 7:36 PM ET
By Chris Forsberg | ESPNBoston.com

Kevin Garnett didn't want to touch the subject, seemingly afraid that merely acknowledging the strides made by the Celtics' defense might undo everything they've worked so hard to correct lately.

After coach Doc Rivers suggested last month that his team was soft, Garnett and the Celtics responded by getting back to their gritty, defense-first roots. Over the last five games, Boston has essentially shaved 10 points from its defensive rating (points per 100 possessions) and has given itself ...

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