|Posted by shawn cassidy on February 6, 2013 at 6:30 AM|
The Celtics defense has improved, and the Celtics points off turnovers has improved greatly. Through the first 43 games the Celtics rank 20th in points off turnovers. Since Rondo's season ended the Celtics have been the 4th best team scoring off of turnovers. Those numbers are from ESPN Boston.
With the Celtics moving the ball more, and with the easy points adding up. You would think the Celtics shot attempts would have improved. The Celtics sit at 26th in the NBA with 80.1 attempts per game. Boston ranks 16th in the league with 36.8 made field goals. Boston ranks 6th in field goal percentage with 46%. During Rondo's departure the Celtics virtually take the same amount attempts. They have taken 79 per game, and if you takeaway the 88 shot attempts in the double overtime victory against Miami. They've taken 76 field goal attempts per game without Rondo.
The Celtics are averaging 2½ more turnovers and six additional points off those giveaways per 48 minutes over the last four games. Maybe the most staggering number is that a whopping 22.9 percent of Boston's total points have come off turnovers in recent games as opposed to 17.1 percent over the first 43 games of the season. Let's take a closer look at the numbers.
The Celtics are scoring in new ways without Rondo. When you don't have one of the best point guards to lead your offense, you have to take advantage of opportunities and the Celtics have jumped on turnovers, and fast break points.
Categories: Celtics By The Numbers