Boston Celtics: Why Rebounding Must Improve If C’s Are to Contend for Anything

November 30th, 2012 by Jacob Keimach Leave a reply »

The Boston Celtics, founded upon the concept of team defense, stand no chance of winning anything without improving its rebounding. 

If you've had the chance to tune into any of the C's first 15 games, you will not be surprised to hear that they currently rank last in the NBA in team rebounding. Averaging 37.1 boards per game will not get it done against top-tier opponents. 

The most obvious cause of the Celtics' rebounding woes has to be the fact that they don't have a true center. With all due respect to Kevin Garnett—he accepted and adapted to his new role as well as anyone could—Boston needs someone larger than 6'11" to bang around under the basket.

Until then, the Celtics can make immediate improvements by ensuring that athletic guards and forwards like Courtney Lee and Jeff Green are focused on crashing the glass when shots go up. 

Interestingly enough, the team's defensive rebounding percentage—.739—suggests that the Celtics do a fairly good job of protecting on the defensive end. However, the C's are miserable on the offensive glass, leaving themselves minimal margin for error.&nb ...

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