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Transition breakdowns can hurt Celtics

Updated: December 28, 2010, 1:35 AM ET
By Chris Forsberg | ESPNBoston.com

Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers preaches transition defense, firmly believing that if his team can get five players back, forcing its opponent to operate in a half-court set, Boston has a decided advantage based on its defensive talents.

General statistics support this. The Celtics sit atop the league in defensive efficiency (points allowed per 100 possessions) at 96.7, nearly seven points below the NBA average.

The Celtics aid their defensive cause in two key ways: (1) ...

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