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Your Morning Dump… Stats that mean absolutely nothing have me excited

Chuck - Red's Army October 23, 2012 Celtics News, The Morning Dump 7 Comments


Every morning, we compile the links of the day and dump them here… highlighting the big storyline. Because there’s nothing quite as satisfying as a good morning dump.

Of the 11 play types tracked by Synergy Sports, transition accounted for a team-high 16.8 percent of Boston’s preseason plays. Boston averaged 1.216 points per play (169 points on 139 plays), which ranked second in the NBA (other squads are wrapping up their exhibition slates), and the Celtics shot 58.2 percent overall in transition while turning the ball over just 12.9 percent of the time.

To put those numbers in perspective, only 13.4 percent of Boston’s plays last season came out of transition (still second highest on the team, but well behind spot-up attempts at 20.6 percent). Boston averaged 1.128 points per play in transition a year ago (20th in the NBA), while shooting the exact same 58.2 percent, but turning the ball over 14.5 percent of the time.

Here’s maybe the most encouraging number: Last season, Boston only got to the charity stripe 12.4 percent of transition opportunities. During the preseason, that number jumped up to 18 percent.

ESPN Boston

These numbers aren’t too surprising because of the young legs Danny Ainge signed to run with Rajon Rondo. If you read all of Chris Forsberg’s column, you’ll find that Jeff Green is primarily responsible for the surge in transition buckets. A re-energized Paul Pierce is also enjoying the fast break.

Will this surge in transition points carry over into the regular season? Despite my headline to this post, I actually think it’s highly likely. Jeff Green, Courtney Lee and Avery Bradley remain integral parts of the team. And while they won’t be playing against scrubs, the Celtics second unit will be one of the strongest in the league.

In other news…

We’re also happy to announce that Walter McCarty will be doing a 5-part series for us about life in the NBA, life with the Celtics, and life after basketball. It’s coming soon on Red’s Army.

The rest of the links:

Herald – For this year’s Celtics, Green means go | CSNNE – Sullinger: The kid can play | Sizing up C’s at end of preseason | ESPN Boston – Sullinger hops on dinosaur train | Grantland – The Doc’s still in | Enterprise – Green takes positive steps in comeback trail |

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  • DJisintheHall

    Tommy has been Screaming for this for years AND we finally have the horses to do it!

    Can’t wait for the season to start!

  • Astarot

    NBA is much different this days but you can still learn from Red. Basic things but important.

  • adam

    Ray Allen isn’t on the team anymore, almost every time he decided to dribble he would turn it over. Whenever I saw ray try to dribble through traffic I cringed because I knew most likely (and it was) a turnover. Yes, I am blaming ray/

  • RedsLoveChild

    Red`s “unspoken” lesson is clear : “If you lack rebounders, you cannot fast-break.”

    Fast breaks do not originate by taking the ball out of the net, then inbounding it from under your own basket.

    Those 1976 Celtics could run because they had a two-headed rebounding monster {Cowens & Silas}, who combined to average roughly 30 RPG.

    We all know where the Celtics finished last season in team rebounding.

  • Harsh Amin

    I LOVE WALTAH!!!!!!!

  • Jim Paxson

    very good

    as in, the celtics are gonna be

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