The Celtics are fourth in the NBA in defensive efficiency this season, and efforts like the one we saw Monday night in their 100-95 win over the Utah Jazz at the Garden are a perfect example why.
The C’s recorded 13 blocked shots on their way to their 11th straight home victory. This is their highest total in a game since February of 2009. Of the 10 players that played for Boston tonight, 5’9″ Isaiah Thomas was the only one who didn’t record a block.
Amir Johnson, Tyler Zeller, Jonas Jerebko, and Jordan Mickey all had two blocks each. For Mickey, it was somewhat of a coming out party. The rookie killed it in the D-League this year, and has showed promise at the NBA level, boasting one of the best Player Efficiency Ratings in the league through his first five games.
The biggest block of the game came with 21 seconds left in the fourth quarter and the C’s leading by one as Avery Bradley stuffed Gordon Hayward to seal the win:
The Celtics are now 17-6 in their last 23 games and find themselves two games ahead of the Miami Heat for third place in the East. They’re 4.5 games behind the second place Raptors and seven games behind the first place Cavs.
They take on the red-hot Trail Blazers at home Wednesday night as they’ll try to make it 12 in a row at the Garden.
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