The Boston Celtics’ identity needs to be defense

The Boston Celtics have found themselves atop the Eastern Conference and NBA standings close to the end of the 2023-24 regular season, thanks to an historic offense emanating from the roster that Brad Stevens and the rest of the Celtics front office put together this season.

But in the estimation of many, the key for Boston’s contender-level play is actually as an elite defensive squad who just so happen to be capable of pouring in points when need be. The team ought to approach games with the notion of utterly smothering opponents while defense turns to transition offense, while keeping the offensive powder dry for when defensive schema aren’t enough on their own.

The hosts of the CLNS Media “How Bout Them Celtics!” and “Talkin’ Cs” podcasts, Jack Simone, Sam LaFrance, and Bobby Krivitsky, talked about a similar perspective for Boston on a recent episode. Check it out below!

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Story originally appeared on Celtics Wire