Saturday, May 12, 2012
Keys to C's-76ers series
AP Photo/Matt SlocumBefore the Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers tip off Game 1 of an Eastern Conference semifinal series Saturday night at TD Garden, ESPN Boston's Chris Forsberg provides four key areas to watch. That includes taking care of the basketball:
The Celtics have to find a way to generate points against Andre Iguodala and the 76ers.
The 76ers parlay turnovers into points with alarming ease because of their speed and athleticism. Yes, the stats suggest they're a pretty inefficient transition team overall (averaging only 1.1 points per play, 26th-best in the league, according to Synergy Sports data), but Boston's old legs are clearly not going to win a foot race with this team. Turnovers are unacceptable.
"They want to get into transition, and when they are in transition, they score," said Rivers. "When they are in half court, it's a little more difficult, so that's going to be our task. ... Listen, we're not going to outrun them, they are faster than us, they are going to win the track meet, no doubt about that. We have to find a way to get them to play in the half court."
The 76ers ranked 18th in the league this season in averaging 0.88 points per play in half-court sets. Transition plays accounted for a whopping 14.7 percent of their total plays -- second-most on the team behind only spot-up possessions.
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