Wade: Celtics play toughest defense


Wade: Celtics play toughest defense

Defense has been the foundation of the Boston Celtics systems for years. The mentality that defensive stops lead to offensive opportunities is a mindset adopted by players in order to be successful on the team.

When the New York Times recently asked Dwyane Wade who plays him the toughest on defense, the Miami Heat guard replied with a collective answer.

I would say its more about the teams that play defense more than an individual player, Wade said. The Boston Celtics team defense is tough. The game is different now. Its not one guy that shuts you down. Its a team. They play a defense that stops you from getting to the paint.

Wade averaged 21.4 points per game (44.4 FG, 25.0 3PG) last season in the Eastern Conference Finals against the Celtics, compared to his overall 2012 playoffs average of 22.8 points (46.2, 29.4).

Last season the Celtics ranked second in fewest points allowed by opponents (89.3 ppg) in spite of finishing last in rebounds per game (38.8 rpg).

Report: Sullinger to miss 'extended time' due to foot surgery


Report: Sullinger to miss 'extended time' due to foot surgery

Former Celtics and current Raptors forward will is expected to miss “extended time” to begin the season due to foot surgery, according to a report from The Vertical. 

Adrian Wojnarowski tweeted Sunday that Sullinger, who signed with Toronto after being let go by Boston this offseason, was set to undergo surgery on Monday. 

Chosen 21st overall by the Celtics in the 2012 draft, Sullener spent four seasons in Boston, where he was repeatedly stalled by injuries. In his career with Boston, Sullinger averaged 11.1 points and 7.7 rebounds per game. 

The C’s made him a qualifying offer at the end of the season when he was a restricted free agent, but renounced the offer and let him become unrestricted. Sullinger then landed in Toronto on a one-year, $6 million deal.