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Celtics' effort on defense lacking

Updated: January 11, 2011, 2:19 AM ET
By Chris Forsberg | ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- Doc Rivers, the Boston Celtics' coach, dubbed Monday's loss to the Houston Rockets the worst defensive performance by his team in the Big Three era.

That's no small declaration, especially considering there's been some defenseless doozies over this season's previous 36 games alone, including giving up 38 second-quarter points in a 102-101 loss to the Toronto Raptors in late November, or letting the Detroit Pistons shoot 55.7 percent from the field in a 104-92 loss last month.

But ...

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