Wade: Celtics play toughest defense

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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).

BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Is trading for Paul George worth the risk?

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BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Is trading for Paul George worth the risk?

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0:41 - Michael Holley, Kayce Smith and Tom Giles recap their thoughts on drafting Jayson Tatum and trade rumors involving the Celtics.

6:21 - Ian Thomsen joins BST to discuss if it would be worth trading for Paul George as a one-year rental and if there would be a chance he could still around long-term if traded to Boston.

11:13 - Evan Drellich joins BST to talk about Rick Porcello’s outing, the Red Sox offense coming to life, and Doug Fister being claimed by the Red Sox. 

15:10 - Kyle Draper and A. Sherrod Blakely look back at the Celtics/Nets trade, what the assets have turned into, and if Danny Ainge has done a good job turning those assets into players. 

Jae Crowder was liking a lot of negative tweets while Paul George rumors swirled

Jae Crowder was liking a lot of negative tweets while Paul George rumors swirled

While rumors were swirling about a possible Paul George deal on draft night, a bunch of people were tweeting at Jae Crowder, ready to send him to Indiana in a deal.

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Crowder, who isn't shy on social media, liked the series of tweets, perhaps saving them as motivation for later.

Crowder had a couple noteworthy moments on Twitter this past season. The first was when he fired back at Celtics fans after the TD Garden cheered for Jazz forward Gordon Hayward. He also exchanged comments with Devin Booker after the Suns guard's 70-point game against the Celtics