"Sometimes by losing a battle you find a new way to win the war."
It's a concept that applies to the Celtics, who after losing four straight earlier this month, have won seven in a row, holding opponents to under 90 points in six of those wins.
According to Kevin Garnett, the losses helped BOS return to its roots:
"One of the biggest tests in this league is when you lose. You learn a lot about each other. When the season is not going well, some things come out. I've been on losing teams, and stuff comes out. Guys don't like each other, cats are fighting over the ball, bickering and stuff. What we learned is to do it together. That's what brought us out of it. What really brought us back was being fundamentally sound and defense; that's what we did from Day 1 last year."