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Law: Can't depend only on offense in playoffs

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Law: Can't depend only on offense in playoffs

So the Patriots got a win, on the road, against a team that may find itself in the playoffs. But New England got help. The Broncos, as Sports Sunday's Michael Felger put it, "puked on themselves," and the Pats offense was able to carry them to a victory.

The defense played well in the second half, but did it do enough to quiet those who say the it is not championship-caliber? Can the Patriots simply rely on their offense to carry them in the postseason?

"Absolutely not," said Ty Law. "When you get into the playoffs, these teams feel like 'I'm good too,' so these teams come in with a lot more confidence than these teams they're playing with right now."

Troy Brown agreed. He says the Patriots will need to get timely stops when it matters most."
You can't depend on your offense to go out there and win games in the playoffs and be a championship type football team," Brown said. "You gotta be able to make some stops on defense against quality teams.

"I would think it's going to be very difficult for them to win games just with their offense in the playoffs.

Moving to power forward 'presents a different challenge' for Horford

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Moving to power forward 'presents a different challenge' for Horford

PHILADELPHIA – For the third time in as many games, the Boston Celtics will field a different lineup.

It will have a domino effect on Boston’s usual starters, but no one more than Al Horford who will slide over to power forward with Aron Baynes inserted into the starting lineup where he’ll be charged with trying to defend Sixers 7-footer Joel Embiid.

Meanwhile, Horford will be assigned to defend Robert Covington who is one of Philadelphia’s better perimeter scorers.

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“I feel like one of my strengths is being able to play multiple positions,” Horford told NBC Sports Boston. “It presents a different challenge for me, which is making sure I do a good job of covering him out on the perimeter, staying between him and the basket.”

In Philadelphia’s 120-115 season-opening loss to Washington, Covington led all Sixers with 29 points which included him going 7-for-11 from 3-point range in addition to grabbing seven rebounds.

While Covington will be Horford’s first defensive assignment, he knows he will also be called upon at times to defend Embiid who ranks among the best centers in the NBA despite having played just 32 games over the course of three NBA seasons.

In the loss to the Wizards, Embiid had a double-double of 18 points and 13 rebounds.

Horford’s defense will be critical for Boston (0-2) to get its first win of the season, but the Celtics will also need him to take advantage of scoring opportunities as well.

“We have some guys down, but that creates opportunities for other guys to step up and contribute,” Horford said. “It’s going to all of us, the veterans, the young players, all of us to get that first win.”

Celtics head coach Brad Stevens agreed.

“I think that’s how we have to look at it,” Stevens said. “We’re going to have to make a few tweaks on how we do things, obviously. Hey, it’s gonna be something that we’re going to have to do really, really well on the fly.”

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