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Celtics by the Numbers: What's it take around here to box out?

Posted by shawn cassidy on November 23, 2012 at 3:10 AM



After watching last night's game against the Spurs. I think Gortat sounds pretty good right about now. I don't know what it will take for the Celtics to start rebounding. Is it simply just blocking your man out. Something even youngsters learn in youth hoops. The Celtics simply can't rebound worth a lick. I honestly believe that the Celtics may need to move Bass. And I'm never a guy who wants trades, or I don't like to turn on players that quickly. But if your going to call out anyone. What about our defensive master Kevin Garnett. Tim Duncan schooled him last night. Duncan had 15 rebounds to KG's miserable 3.


Tim only played two more minutes than KG, and so you can say that KG played less. On the other hand it was great to see one Celtic active last night. Sully grabbed 7 rebounds in 20 minutes of action. Back to KG for a moment. KG is one of the greatest rebounding big men of all-time. So why can't we get more out of him? Is he picking up slack for others? Or is it part of Doc's defensive scheme? ESPN Boston put out these stats to show how the Celtics rank on the defensive glass.



ESPN BOSTON

The Boston Celtics have displayed an indifference to offensive rebounding in recent seasons, but there's a perception that the team is also struggling on the defensive glass. The numbers suggest that simply isn't as big of a deal as some make it out to be.

If you go strictly by raw numbers, the Celtics have been out rebounded by opponents 504-430 through 12 games, a difference of 6.2 rebounds per game. But keep in mind that Boston's shunning of the offensive glass is a big reason for the differential.

In fact, if you zoom in on defensive rebound percentage, the Celtics are more than holding their own. Boston ranks 11th in the NBA with a 74.2 defensive rebound percentage (which is two points better than last year's number and on par with the rate of the 2007-08 championship team). In fact, the Celtics are about a half percentage point away from being one of the top 5 defensive rebounding teams in the league.

Boston's offensive rebound percentage skews its overall rebounding percentage, dipping the team into the lower third of the league in total rebound percentage for the last four seasons. Let's take a closer look: (CLICK LINK ABOVE FOR NUMBERS)


To be honest I don't give a shit about percentages. I care about the bottom line, and that bottom line to me? The Celtics are out rebounded by 6.2 boards a game. Every other team besides the Pistons. Are a negative one, or so on the glass. A number I could live with. But when you see were out rebounded by 6 boards. Than something is wrong. The Celtics seem to be out rebounded on the offensive glass more than anything. That's a killer because your giving up second chance points, and you worked so hard for that defensive stop, and it was for nothing.


The NBA champs are also one of the worst rebounding teams in the league. So how do they win? Well, they're the best scoring team in the league with 104 points a game. The Celtics put up 7 fewer points, and they allow the same per game as the Heat 99 points. The struggle on the glass has been masked by the defense in past seasons, and this year's defense has been the worst in the KG/Pierce/Rondo era.


But what about last nights game, and what about the bigger glaring problem? The issue is the paint. The Celtics gave 58 points in the paint. You can't win like that. The defense is all messed up. And I think Doc  has no idea on what kind of team he wants to be. In the past we were a big team that prided our selves on defense. Now were a team that wants to run, but that also wants to be a halfcourt team. The running games causes the Celtics to go small. Doc seems to be stuck on being like the Heat. We made teams like the Heat adjust to us. With Perk, KG, and even when we had guys like Powe, or Brown we had size that could really out shine any other team.But I also think why can't we run, and be big? We can do it.


The Celtics have good bigs now, so I don't get what's going on. I just believe it's because Doc wants to be like the Heat. I may be wrong, but why is this team so different this season. The Celtics are giving up 10 more points this year. The Celtics scoring 97 points is great. Perfect really, but they need to find a way to get back to holding their opponent to 90-92 points per game. I want to finish this post off by saying I think Bass is fine, but their is something deeper going on. I don't want to throw Bass under the bus, because the Celtics need rebounding by Green, and by Pierce. Who gave the Celtics zero rebounds last night. Bass truly played his part last night. The other forwards need to step up.





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3 Comments

Reply paul
7:12 PM on November 22, 2012 
Great piece. And I agree that Doc is very confused about what kind of team he wants this to be. Our offense is still built around Ray, who we don't have any more, and our D is still built around Perk, who we don't have anymore.

I also don't like obsessing over trades, but this year and next year are the years to make trades. Now is the time to try to bring in the players you really want, and then commit to them. Ideally one Jesus Smoove...
Reply C'slife
9:00 PM on November 22, 2012 
paul says...
Great piece. And I agree that Doc is very confused about what kind of team he wants this to be. Our offense is still built around Ray, who we don't have any more, and our D is still built around Perk, who we don't have anymore.

I also don't like obsessing over trades, but this year and next year are the years to make trades. Now is the time to try to bring in the players you really want, and then commit to them. Ideally one Jesus Smoove...



One Mr. Smith, and lets do it! Go out and deal Green for Smith, and piece another player. Deal Bass for Gortat.
Reply paul
9:35 PM on November 22, 2012 
Mr. Smith Goes To Boston