One thing to remember about the Brad Stevens era is that the 2015-16 season probably broke our collective brains when a thoroughly average Celtics roster held the league’s fourth-best defensive rating before getting mopped by the Player of the Month, 60-win Atlanta Hawks in the first round.
The current Celtics’ defensive rating of 109.8 lands them at 12th in the league after playing the 10th toughest schedule so far. Playing games with fewer good players makes the team worse, alright? I don’t make the rules. The only consistent rotation players with lower turnover rates are Brown, Tatum, and Ojeleye.