MIAMI -- Before the start of the Eastern Conference finals Monday, we noted the need for Boston to value the ball and prevent transition points. The Heat had been undefeated when they reached 14 transition points in a game this postseason, so how did they fare in Game 1?
Miami generated 11 of its 15 transition points in the second half, turning a tied game into a 14-point triumph. According to ESPN Stats and Info, Miami is now 8-0 when it scores at least 14 transition points.
The Celtics actually did an excellent job limiting their turnovers. After Rajon Rondo committed four first-quarter giveaways (including a lazy pass that LeBron James turned into a walk-to-the-rim jam), Boston gave the ball up just five more times the rest of the game (Miami turned those nine turnovers into 12 points).
But the Heat were still able to get in transition, most notably a sprint out by LeBron James during a key third-quarter stretch in which Dwyane Wade delivered a perfect football pass for an easy score.
Celtics coach Doc Rivers noted that James and Wade are, "cat quick. That's who they are. You know that going into the series. As much as you can watch it and prepare for it, I do think you need to face it once to see it, and get used to it. I thought their speed at times overwhelmed us for sure."