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Jeff Green on Celtics’ defense: ‘Lately, we’ve been (expletive)’

12.27.13 at 9:04 pm ET
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Jeff Green (AP Photo)

Jeff Green (AP Photo)

WALTHAM — The Celtics returned to practice for a second straight day after their three-day holiday break, Friday. The opportunity to end their three-game losing streak comes Saturday afternoon (1) taking on the Cavs, who are also desperate for a win after dropping their last three.

“If we don’t play well,” said Celtics coach Brad Stevens, “we’ll get beat. [Kyrie] Irving and [Dion] Waiters can get to the rim on us, they can get to the rim on everybody. If we don’t defend well, it’s going to be hard for us to win.”

The Celtics prefer to start on offense in transition, so forcing turnovers is critical for their success. Jeff Green, for one, has not been pleased with the team’s effort on defense.

“Lately, we’ve been [expletive],” said Green. “We’ve been giving up a lot of points and a lot of easy looks.

“Our defense,” continued Green, “is the key.”

The Celtics defeated the Cavs at the TD Garden, 103-86, on November 29. Jordan Crawford is excited to match up again with Cleveland start Kyrie Irving, though he understands it’s far from an individual match-up.

“It’s a team effort,” said Crawford. “Kyrie’s looking for his, and once you key in on him, he’ll find the others. But you want to step up to the challenge. He’s a great player, so you want to see where you at.”

Also of note from practice was Rajon Rondo working on two additional agility drills. In what has become a familiar sight, Phil Pressey was last to leave the court.

For a complete preview of Saturday’s matchup, click here.

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