Raptors coach impressed by Celtics backcourt defense
When examining the 2014-15 Boston Celtics, there aren't a lot of facets of the game that you might expect them to excel at. With team previews abundant this time of year, writers are constantly looking to come up with each club's strengths and weaknesses. One area that seems likely to stand out for the Celtics as a "strength" is backcourt depth; specifically their speed and ability to play tough on-ball/perimeter defense. After last night's preseason game, Toronto Raptors coach Dwane Casey is in agreement:
Dwane Casey: "Boston is such a quick team, they're like a one-man press with their guards."
— Jay King (@ByJayKing) October 16, 2014
Avery Bradley has a well known reputation in this area, and Marcus Smart is quickly earning similar rave reviews. With Evan Turner, Marcus Thornton, James Young and Phil Pressey all fighting for minutes as well, working hard on defense may be the best way for them to get in Brad Stevens' good graces and see court time.