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The Celtics split a home-and-home with the Philadelphia 76ers over the weekend and now prepare to host the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday night.
Comcast SportsNet’s Mike Gorman joined 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Toucher & Rich to discuss the problem the Celtics are having rebounding, Doc Rivers’ thoughts on rebounding and the Atlantic Division.
All season long rebounding has been an issue for the Green, who rank 29th in rebounding rate. Coach Doc Rivers recently called his team “soft” after a loss to the Nets. Is the poor offensive rebounding really an issue? Will the team fix the problem?
“I don’t think they’re going to fix it to be honest with you,” said Gorman. “I think they’re content to be a bad if not the worst rebounding team in the league because they feel what they do is they get back on defense. They prevent transition points and if you talk to Doc and say which would you rather give up offensive rebounds or transition points, he’d give up the offensive rebounds.”
Gorman does think they need to get better on the defensive glass if they hope to compete.
“I can agree with the argument that rebounding isn’t the be all and end all statistic, but you can’t be last in the league. If you finish 15th in the middle of the pack somewhere so be it, but if you’re going to be a team that really legitimately challenges for a championship I don’t think you can be last in a category as big as that,” he said.
Gorman went on to say that the number’s will always be skewed as the C’s willingly give up the offensive rebounds. Will the Celtics make some sort of move to get better in the rebounding department?
Plus, taking a look at the Atlantic Division and the fact that many teams have improved where do the Celtics fall?