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Mix Celtics defense with Bucks offense and you get a serious whooping

Mar 13, 2011, 11:45 PM EDT

Carlos Arroyo

The Milwaukee Bucks have the worst offense in the NBA (98.3 points per possession according to Hoopdata).

The Boston Celtics have the second best defense in the NBA (97.5 points per 100 possessions).

Combine the two with a pinch of end-of-season lethargy from the Bucks and you have a perfect storm — a game where the Bucks set records of futility.

The Milwaukee Bucks scored just 9 points in the first quarter, 22 points by the half and 56 points when it was all over. That is the lowest total in Bucks history, the lowest the Celtics have allowed since 1955.

The Celtics scored an unimpressive 87 and still won in a blowout. In case you’re curious, we’re talking 65.1 points per 100 possessions (86 possessions in that game). The Bucks have the worst offense in the league and still score 98.3 points per 100 possessions on average.

Remember those numbers Boston fans who think that you defense is back. It is very good, but understand that the Bucks offense is horrific so you don’t want to read too much into this one game. Stopping it is like stopping a toddler from eating beets. Stopping a teenager from doing homework. It’s not that hard.

The Bucks were bad in every aspect — they shot 35 percent on spot up shots (their largest number of shots with 21 attempts) and that was better than most spots (via Synergy sports). They shot 12.5 percent in isolation, 16.7 percent when the pick and roll man shot, and it just gets worse from there.

This is a historic beat down and certainly a chance for the Celtics to show that even without Kendrick Perkins and Shaquille O’Neal they can still defend. No doubt they can. But let’s not confuse the Bucks with the Heat or Bulls.

  1. andyhr17 - Mar 14, 2011 at 8:58 AM

    The Celtics have one of the best defenses in the NBA. Perkins played 13 games for them and Shaq, when he’s actually played, averages 20 minutes per game. Those two players didn’t make or break their defense. How can you say “Remember those numbers Boston fans who think that you defense is back.” It never went anywhere!

  2. thestudiokida - Mar 14, 2011 at 11:21 AM

    Kurt, let me just say I love that you guys use points-per-possession as the measurement for offense/defense. It blows my mind to hear Jeff Van Gundy and Chris Webber rate teams based on points-per-game.

    As for this game; it’s funny how when I flipped NBA TV on last night I saw the 75-48 score and thought, “It wouldn’t surprise me if this was a 4th quarter score. Sure enough there were 4 minutes left in the game. I have a lot of respect for Scott Skiles defense but come on, man! Teach your team some offense.

  3. readysethike - Mar 14, 2011 at 7:13 PM

    The bucks have a terrible offense because their a team full of role players, and I dont kno what happened to jennings but he seems to just be a one year wonder

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