Running Rondo fuels C's in transition

May, 17, 2012
Drew Hallowell/Getty ImagesCeltics point guard Rajon Rondo races to the rim for a layup against the Philadephia 76ers.
PHILADELPHIA -- It's no surprise that the Boston Celtics came out with a desire to run during Wednesday's Game 3. After suffering through an offensively anemic Game 2, the team put an emphasis on trying to generate easy points before the Philadelphia 76ers could set their halfcourt defense.

What might be somewhat surprising is just how effective Boston was in transition.

The Celtics generated 28 transition points during Wednesday's 107-91 triumph at Wells Fargo Center, shooting a blistering 90.9 percent (10 of 11 overall) in those opportunities, according to ESPN Stats and Info. A look at a comparison between Game 3 and the first two games of the series:

Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo was in complete attack mode from the jump. He scored 13 first-quarter points before registering his first assist of the night. Afte Boston generated defensive stops, the ball found Rondo, who made a beeline for the rim.

"You could see from [the start of the game], they were looking to push the ball in every situation," said Philadelphia coach Doug Collins.

Added Rondo: "It's just the way it developed. I got out in transition; we got out as a team in transition, but it started when we got a couple stops early."

Those easy points allowed Boston to hang around even as the 76ers shot 61.9 percent in the first quarter and led by five after one frame. Once the Celtics' defense clamped down, Boston was able to run away with the game.

Chris Forsberg

Celtics reporter,



You must be signed in to post a comment

Already have an account?


Baseball Tonight

Buster Olney discusses the pine tar incident involving Yankees P Michael Pineda with Alex Speier and Keith Law and wonders if MLB should allow certain substances to be used.

On Michael Pineda, 4/24

Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic share their thoughts on the ejection of Michael Pineda from Yankees-Red Sox and the conspicuous placement of the pine tar.

Jonny Gomes, Red Sox

Red Sox OF Jonny Gomes discusses the atmosphere in Boston, the anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings, his team's slow start and more.

Larry Lucchino, Red Sox

Red Sox president and CEO Larry Lucchino discusses his team's response to the Boston Marathon bombings, how the city bounced back from the tragedy and more.

Donnie Wahlberg, Actor

Actor Donnie Wahlberg talks about this year's Patriots' Day, his experience involving last year's Boston Marathon, security presence in the city and more.

Martin J. Walsh, Boston

Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh comments on how this Patriots' Day differs from those in the past, securing the marathon, the role sports plays in the city and more.

Kevin Millar, MLB

MLB Network's Kevin Millar weighs in on the uniqueness of Patriots' Day 2014, the Nationals' benching of Bryce Harper, the brawl during Brewers-Pirates and more.


Jeff Green
16.9 1.7 0.7 34.2
ReboundsJ. Sullinger 8.1
AssistsR. Rondo 9.8
StealsR. Rondo 1.3
BlocksK. Humphries 0.9