I hope that none of you is genuinely surprised that Boston nearly lost this game. We all know about "good Tony Allen" and "bad Tony Allen"; well, there's also "good Celtics" and "bad Celtics," and this was classic, New Big Three Era, regular-season "bad Celtics" basketball. It happens all the time.
That said, glad they pulled it out.
It is definitely different this year though. In previous years they would go through huge scoring droughts and rely on defensive stops to scrape through games.
This year they have no trouble scoring 30 in a quarter or 15 in an overtime period, but they are failing to get the defensive systems to stop the other team.
If we can get near the defense of previous years and still maintain the scoring potency we have now, we will be a force.