The Boston Celtics and their rebounding woes…
The Philadelphia 76ers destroyed the Boston Celtics on the backboards to the tune of 62-41; they also lost the offensive rebounding category by a count of 12-10. Do I expect this every night? No I don’t. But I do expect better from Enes Kanter. But I remember the play when someone rolled up on his right leg and it looked like it got hyper-extended; maybe that’s why he didn’t play much in the second half.
Robert Williams only played 11 minutes last night and had one block; he should have played more than that. Jayson Tatum grabbed ten boards, along with Jaylen Brown’s seven. This game would have been an opportune time to see how 7′ 6″ Tacko Fall would have fared against a taller front line(seeing that his contract gives him 45 days with the Boston Celtics). Vincent Poirier got a DNP-coach’s decision against the Sixers. As bad as the Celtics were on the glass, it would have been nice to see how he would’ve done.
I have every confidence that the rebounding will get better for the Boston Celtics as the season goes on. If this team is going to compete with likes of the Sixers, Raptors, and the Bucks in the Eastern Conference; then rebounding has to be a priority going forward. You can’t do anything with the basketball if you can’t get your hands on it. Former NBA rebounding king Dennis Rodman said rebounding is about your desire for it. Let’s get after it!
UPDATE: Celtics win rebounding battle 56-46 in a 112-106 win over the Toronto Raptors. Then get beat on the glass again 55-45 in a 118-95 rout of the New York Knicks (I will be following this stat all season).
CELTICS REBOUNDING THIS SEASON
GAME OPPONENT REBS(OFF) OPP REBS(OFF) SCORE
1 SIXERS 41(10) 62(12) 107-93 L
2 RAPTORS 56(5) 46(21) 112-106 W
3 KNICKS 45(13) 55(16) 118-95 W
In the words of former Lakers coach Pat Riley:
NO REBOUNDS, NO RINGS!