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Defense Wins Championships, But...

Scoring needed. (Rebounding too - turn around and box out rook)
Scoring needed. (Rebounding too - turn around and box out rook)

Defense may win Championships, but if your offense is pitiful, there's only so much you can do. Take these stats that Ben Rohrbach put together.

Irish Coffee: 5 awful Celtics statistics, 1 good one

Dropping to 26th among 30 NBA teams in points scored, the Celtics haven’t scored more than 95 points in eight straight games. In the shot clock era (since the 1954-55 season), the Celtics have had only three other streaks of such woeful offense: From Dec. 30, 2000 to Jan. 12, 2001 (8 games), from Jan. 21 to Feb. 4, 2006 (9 games) and from Oct. 31 to Nov. 26, 2003 (13 games). Two of those teams failed to make the playoffs, and the other got swept in the first round of the 2003 NBA playoffs.

Ouch. Can this team turn things around and become at least more respectable on offense? Sure. But it would help a lot if they could rebound.

The good news? The 2003-04 Pistons owned the league's best defense, ranked 24th in points scored and won the NBA championship. Of course, that team ranked in the top half of the league in rebounding.

Did I mention that the Celtics are dead last in rebounding? (Facepalm)

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