By Travis Babcock
Under head coach Brad Stevens, the Boston Celtics have formed their identity on the defensive side of the ball. If the preseason is any indication of what is to come, that could change in a hurry.
Let’s face it, the Celtics had a lackluster showing at best in their four preseason games. After splitting their two-game series with the lowly Hornets, they dropped a goose egg two matches in a row to the LeBron-less Cavaliers.
While there is plenty to take away from these games, nothing is more interesting than what we saw from the team’s offensive production. Boston put up a whopping 92.5 shots per contest, including 104 attempts in the preseason opener.
Why does this matter?
Contrary to popular belief, more shots don’t necessarily equate to greater prosperity.
There is a direct negative correlation between the number of shots a team takes per game and the sustained level of success that team has. Last year, the Chicago Bulls led the league in shots attempted, with 88.8 per game. They finished the regular season with a 27-55 record.
In fact, only two teams since the 2006-07 Warriors have seen a playoff game after leading the league in shots taken. One of them (2013 Bucks) finished with a sub .500 record but slipped in as an 8th seed in an otherwise poor Eastern...