The controversial Celtics team’s’meeting’ has left an indelible mark on the numbers.


The controversial Celtics team’s’meeting’ has left an indelible mark on the numbers.

Before facing the Orlando Magic two weeks ago, the Boston Celtics had what was initially described as a “players only” meeting.

NBA Insider Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reported at the time that the meeting may not have been fruitful.

“It was emotional at times, but in the end, it wasn’t a particularly productive or even beneficial meeting,” Wojnarowski said.

For NBA Countdown, I’m reporting on the Celtics’ players-only meeting in Orlando, and how there’s still a lot of work to be done among the team’s key players. pic.twitter.com1fQ7VmDsdC

3 November 2021 — Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn)

The Celtics were on a three-game losing streak at the time of the meeting, having lost twice to the Washington Wizards and surrendered a significant lead to the Chicago Bulls.

The Celtics went on to defeat the Orlando Magic 92-79 following their “ineffective” meeting.

That win ushered in what has become known as the Celtics’ evolving identity.

Boston’s calling card is defensive grit.

In their last seven games, Boston has held five opponents under 100 points, including the Magic.

Furthermore, since their last meeting in Florida, the Celtics have gone 5-2, including an impressive win over the Miami Heat.

Boston had a defensive rating of 25th in the seven games prior to facing the Magic, allowing 110.3 points per 100 possessions, according to NBA Stats.

In the following seven games, the Celtics have a defensive rating of 97 points per 100 possessions, which puts them first in the league.

What a comeback for a team that appeared to be in the midst of an early-season crisis.

Furthermore, the Celtics have put together these impressive defensive performances despite the fact that Jaylen Brown is still recovering from a hamstring injury.

The Celtics went 2-5 in their first seven games, with the sixth-worst defense.

The Celtics are 5-2 in their last seven games and have the best defense in the NBA.

This team could be dangerous if Tatum can regain his form and the offense gets back on track. pic.twitter.comFWRVsHbWk9

— November 16, 2021, HOOPS EMPIRE (@HoopsEmpire_)

Despite this, the Celtics have remained a consistent defensive unit, having modified their switching scheme and are no longer vulnerable to dribble hand-offs and the slip screens that plagued them earlier in the season.

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