ESPN's Mike Wilbon compares Celtics defense to 'Bad Boys Era' Pistons

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Mike Wilbon praises C's defense with interesting comparison originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston

Are the Boston Celtics the new "Bad Boys"?

That might be a stretch, but the C's stifling defense has bullied Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant through the first two games of their first-round playoff series. Durant is 13-for-41 from the floor (31.7%) with a whopping 12 turnovers in Games 1 and 2 combined. In the second half of Wednesday night's game, the former NBA MVP was 0-for-10 with four turnovers.

Kyrie Irving also was a non-factor in Game 2. The ex-Celtic followed up his 39-point Game 1 performance with 10 points (4-13 FG) in Wednesday's Nets loss.

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While it might not be a spot-on comparison, ESPN's Mike Wilbon sees some similarities between this elite Celtics defense and the "Bad Boys Era" Detroit Pistons.

"That reminded me last night of the late 1980s-early 1990s defense that the Pistons would put on Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen," Wilbon said Thursday on Pardon The Interruption. "Jordan Rules. A book was written by Sam Smith about Jordan Rules and some of that was about Detroit's defense and how they did that.

"That's what it looked like the Celtics were doing last night to Kevin Durant. The Nets didn't help themselves. When was a screen ever set for God's sake? And the passing was non-existent. Durant had the ball going off his shin and off his knee, and that's because the defense is harassing them both. All people want to do now in sports is praise offense. Watch the Celtics' defense."

Al Horford, Marcus Smart and Jayson Tatum aren't exactly Bill Laimbeer, Isiah Thomas and Dennis Rodman, but Wilbon's point still stands. Boston's physicality has been a difference-maker so far in the series. Just ask Durant himself.

"Two or three guys hit me wherever I go," Durant said after Game 2. "And that's just the nature of the beast in the playoffs. I see a few of their guys around me every time I get the ball and when I'm setting up.

"They're doing a great job of trying to cut off my scoring and trying to limit my shot-making. Two or three people contest, or somebody is in the lane when I'm driving, or they might double here and there."

We should expect Durant and the Nets to make some adjustments as the series heads to Brooklyn in Game 3. If they don't, they'll meet the same playoff fate as Jordan and the Bulls from 1988-90.

Game 3 is set for a 7:30 p.m. ET tip-off Saturday at Barclays Center. Coverage of the game begins at 6:30 p.m. ET with Celtics Pregame Live right here on NBC Sports Boston.

Note: Games 3-6 of the Brooklyn Nets-Boston Celtics series will be aired on NBC Sports Boston and can also be streamed on NBCSportsBoston.com or with the MyTeams App, which you can download below.

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