|Posted by shawn cassidy on December 18, 2013 at 5:30 AM|
The Celtics under Doc Rivers had serious issues protecting the glass. Now under Brad Stevens the Celtics have a different approch to the glass problem. The Celtics started off the year near the bottom. What's changed? Boston's undersized frontcourt has put an increased focus on the glass, and even when the bigs aren't able to get to the boards, other picks up the slack. Brad Stevens has been focusing on the glass, and his detail to the numbers is exactly who he is.
"We got beat 46-26 on the glass by Toronto and from that point on, we had to be a perimeter rebounding team," Stevens said. "And we haven't been great all year, by any means. But any time we need to refocus ourselves, that's usually where we head."
Boston now ranks 22nd in the NBA with 41.5 rebounds per game. Boston also ranks 19th with 31.2 rebounds on the defensive glass. Boston also does a fine job staying even with the other team. The Celtics have a -0.4 differential against opposing teams.
"I think it's just a team effort," Sullinger said. "If you look at [Friday's win over the Knicks], prime example in the first quarter, I had a rebound but Avery went to go get it. We really didn't have that at the beginning of the year. Our guards kind of depended on the bigs to rebound. Now our guards are getting in the mix.
"If you look at the fourth quarter [of that Knicks game], there were some big-time rebounds. Brandon got a lot. Vitor got a big one. But the key one was Jeff, when he blocked Carmelo's shot and grabbed it at the same time with like three people around him. We didn't have that at the beginning of the season. With those guys stepping up -- Avery, Jordan, Bass -- it's really helped us out as a team."
Let's not forget how well Rondo rebounds, the Celtics should show even more improvment when he returns. All I have to say is, it's nice seeing the Celtics rebounding the ball for a change.