NBA names All-Defensive Team

FRANK ZICARELLI, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:40 AM ET

BOSTON - Heading into Monday’s Game 4 of Miami-Boston series, only once has a team shot at least 50% from the field.

In the three previous games, only once has a team scored more than 100 points.

When two of the NBA’s elite gets matched up in the post-season, defence often steps up.

Not surprisingly, Boston and Miami were well represented when the NBA announced its first-team all-defensive unit on Monday, a list highlighted by the league’s defensive player of the year in Orlando’s Dwight Howard.

The Celtics’ connection is led by Kevin Garnett, who earned his ninth first-team honour.

Joining Garnett is teammate Rajon Rondo, while LeBron James made the grade for Miami.

Rounding out the first team is Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant, who also made his ninth first team.

Garnett and Bryant now join Michael Jordan and Gary Payton for the most all-defensive first-team honours in NBA history.

The voting panel consisted of the league’s 30 head coaches, who were asked to select the first and second team by position, excluding their own players.

Tony Allen (Memphis), Chris Paul (New Orleans), Tyson Chandler (Dallas), Andre Iguodala (Philadelphia) and Joakim Noah (Chicago) made up the second team.

An additional 32 players received at least one vote, none from the Raptors.


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