Lack of Offensive Rebounding Hurting Boston Celtics

By Rob Lunder
Boston Celtics

The Boston Celtics have been struggling lately and one of their biggest deficiencies has been their lack of offensive rebounding.  This is nothing new to Celtics fans as head coach Doc Rivers has never put much of an emphasis on that phase of the game.  It also might have to do with the recent personnel as they have never really had that type of player who consistently attacks the offensive glass.

I thought the team should have figured out a way to sign Reggie Evans last off-season, but he ended up signing with the Brooklyn Nets.  The Celtics need a guy who strictly wants to rebound and Evans would have been an excellent fit.  He is obviously incredibly weak offensively, but the Celtics have proven that they can essentially play five on four at spurts. Former Celtic, Kendrick Perkins, was a similar player and they won a title with him.

Either way, the Celtics have been hurting themselves with a lack of second chance opportunities on the offensive end.  If they miss a shot, that is it, they very rarely get a second chance on the same possession.  It must be frustrating to Celtics fans because they put much more value in getting back in transition and limiting fast break points.

Why can’t you have a couple guys go back automatically and unleash more people on the offensive glass?  It is a little bit more difficult then how it sounds, but the team absolutely has to generate more opportunities on the offensive end.  This does not, however, figure to change anytime soon as they just really do not have the personnel on the current roster to make improvements in this particular area.


Rob Lunder covers the Boston Celtics for Rant Sports.  For all Celtics news go to the team homepage on Rant Sports.  Follow him on Twitter @rlunder18

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