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C's vintage D aided by novel zone

Updated: March 2, 2013, 12:33 AM ET
By Chris Forsberg | ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- Celtics coach Doc Rivers admitted the decision made little sense. Switching to a zone defense against one of the league's elite shooting teams invites danger, particularly for a Boston squad that prides itself so vehemently on its man-to-man approach.

But Rivers wondered out loud to his coaching staff at the team's morning shootaround how often the Warriors had even seen a zone defense this season. He figured it might be a good changeup to throw at them on Friday night.

So ...

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