Running Rondo fuels C's in transition

May, 17, 2012
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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, ESPNBoston.com

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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Jeff Green
PTS AST STL MIN
16.9 1.7 0.7 34.2
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsJ. Sullinger 8.1
AssistsR. Rondo 9.8
StealsR. Rondo 1.3
BlocksK. Humphries 0.9