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Celtics’ defensive failures are serious

Tony Allen has never been one to hold his tongue. The former Celtics guard-turned-Memphis defensive stopper offered a blunt assessment of his old team following Memphis’s 93-83 win at TD Garden Wednesday night.

“They’re missing a lot of pieces,” said Allen when asked about how this Celtics team compared to the one he was on in 2007-08. “I don’t think they’ve really got a defensive-minded guy yet. I mean, they’ve got one [Avery Bradley], but I can’t say he’s 100 percent just yet. I don’t think they’ve got the center like Perk [Kendrick Perkins]. It’s kind of hard finding a guy who clogs up the paint, talks trash to you, and can actually back it up. They’re just missing a lot. I don’t know. I don’t see the same team from 2008.”

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