|Posted by shawn cassidy on October 9, 2013 at 5:10 AM|
For a second Monday night I forgot that Stevens was coach, and that Doc Rivers was on the beach somewhere in southern California. It was well known that Doc Rivers wasn't all about rebounding, his philosophy was about getting back on defense, and relinquishing offensive rebounds. Doc also played a lot of small ball, and the Celtics were devoured by teams on the glass.
"Some of the things are correctable," Stevens said. "And we can get a lot better on the glass."
The Raptors out-rebounded the Celtics 46-26, a big factor in Boston being on the short end of a 22-11 second-chance points differential.
Without a true center other than rookie Vitor Faverani, the Celtics understand that they will have to get creative in their rebounding efforts.
"We're just going to have to do it more by committee instead of individually," Stevens said.
Boston's problems weren't solely at the defensive end of the floor.
The C's had 25 assists on 33 made field goals, but they shot less than 40 percent (39.8) from the field.
Shooting a low percentage while getting crushed on the boards and allowing an opponent to shoot better than 50 percent is a recipe for disaster at any level.
More than anything, the offensive struggles are part of the Celtics' quest in becoming more consistent in all that they do at both ends of the floor.
"At times we really moved the ball and got great looks," Stevens said. "And times where we got a little stagnant."
He added, "Again, very correctable, getting used to each other. Getting used to a new coaching staff and system. I took a lot more positives than negatives from (the Toronto loss)."
In addition to what happened, the video also showed what didn't happen; specifically, the Celtics not establishing an identity or a tempo for how they wanted the game to be played.
"We didn't do a very good job of that," Stevens said. "Not to get too specific, our positioning was not as good as it needs to be, on and off the ball."
Bass is a guy that's been consistent with rebounding.He's been consistently average, and well below what he can do. I didn't see anything different during the Celtics first preseason game. If Stevens is going to start Bass. B.B needs to grab many more rebounds. He's around 5-6 rebounds per game for his career. I would love to see him around 8 a game, if not one more board a game.
Sullinger showed signs, and Humphries is a proven rebounder, so I'll give him some time. As for Olynyk, he needs to bulk up first. Hopefully Stevens cleans up the mess from Monday night.