While great offensive players always grab headlines, the Celtics played fantastic defense during much of their long run of success in the 1980s. Under Head Coach K.C. Jones, the Celtics finished in the top five for defensive rating from 1984 to 1986. Said Jones, “We had strong defense, leading to strong offense.” Boston showed off its defensive chops in Game 1 of the 1985 NBA Finals with a 148-114 win over the Los Angeles Lakers.
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