Disrupting passing lanes, forcing turnovers
The Celtics are effectively taking care of the basketball, as evidenced by their 25.5 assists per game and 8.5 turnovers per game throughout the series. Lue devised a game plan that held the Raptors to 21.3 assists per game and induced 13.5 turnovers per game in the previous round, but that same brand of gritty defense has yet to surface vs. Boston.
Defensive rating is a stat that estimates how many points an opposing team will score per 100 possessions. For the Cavaliers in the 2018 postseason, their defensive rating has risen from 111.8 against the Pacers, to 112.2 against the Raptors, to 116.5 against the Celtics.
Simply put, competition gets much tougher deeper into the playoffs.
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