Boston Celtics: 45

Playbook: C's thrive with 45

November, 8, 2010
11/08/10
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The Celtics were nursing a two-point lead entering the final minute of the first quarter Monday night in Oklahoma City, but utilizing one of the team's simpler sets, Nate Robinson helped Boston generate five points that capped a 12-4 burst to end the frame and put the Celtics out front to stay.

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It's a play called "45" and it's name isn't hard to decipher. With a point guard dribbling up top, the two wings bury themselves in the corner, spreading the floor. Power forward Glen Davis (the 4) comes towards center Semih Erden (the 5) giving the appearance he's setting a pick to free Erden, but both players then rush out to the top of the key to set a double pick on the point guard's defender (with their own defenders chasing through the paint).

Robinson gets to pick which way he wants to come off the double-pick, with his preference likely being whichever side the opposing big is lower on. In the first instance that Boston ran the play, Cole Aldrich is caught sinking too low to prevent the drive and Robinson pulls up and buries a 15-foot jumper from the left elbow for a 25-21 lead.

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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
BlocksB. Bass 0.9