Celtics fans may not have known what to expect from Chris Wilcox this season, but most of them probably didn’t expect transition dunks to be his strong suit.
Wilcox had 11 points tonight and had several transition dunks as part of 33 fast break points for the Celtics against the Bulls. Getting out on the break gave the Celtics an easy way to score and contributed to the team shooting above 50 percent from the field for most of the night (they finished at 49.3 percent).
“What we did tonight better than we did all season is we just ran the floor,” said Wilcox. “That’s what we’ve got to do, man, night in and night out. Numbers like that put is in the win category.”
Wilcox had four dunks in transition vs. the Bulls and was 5 of 6 from the field overall. Starting in place of Jermaine O’Neal, Wilcox increased Boston’s speed at the five position while giving up size. An alley-oop dunk at the 5:08 mark of the fourth quarter capped a Celtics run and gave the home team a 14-point lead.
Speed was the key tonight for the Celtics.
“I know they’re bigs, I had to run them,” said Wilcox. “That’s what we did all night. We ran the bigs all night and got open shots for other guys.”
The Celtics have done well this season playing bench players because of injury, with Avery Bradley, E’Twaun Moore, and JaJuan Johnson playing cameos off the bench.
“Coming off the bench, you might only get one chance,” said Wilcox.
The Celtics would do well to give Wilcox more chances to run with Rondo. For a team that struggles to score at times, transition baskets are a welcome sight.