14 games into the 2012-13 season, the Celtics are dead last in the NBA in rebounding, and it’s not even close. At 36.9 boards per game, Boston trails the next worst team, Portland, by nearly two full rebounds, and the first-place Pacers by an outrageous 11.5.
It’s not just a case of the Celtics games having fewer possessions than most, as the Celtics are also last in rebounding differential, being out-rebounded by 4.9 boards per contest. The problem isn’t new, either, as the Celtics have ranked in the bottom two each of the last three years, and hasn’t been in the top half since the 2008-09 season.
With the Celtics giving up more points than we’re used to seeing (at least 100 in each of the last four games), improved rebounding figures to be an important factor in returning Boston to the league’s defensive elite. Let’s take a look at different ways they could bring those numbers up, from most to least likely: Continue reading Solutions to the Celtics’ Rebounding Woes »