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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 on...