Boston currently ranks 28th in the league by averaging 40.0 rebounds per game. Center Kevin Garnett leads the team with 7.8 rebounds per game, and it falls off pretty quickly from there.
Starting power forward Brandon Bass has only been able to muster 5.1 boards, while rookie forward Jared Sullinger hauls in 5.9 per game, which is third-best on the team behind Paul Pierce (6.4). Bass and Sullinger need to step up their game in order to help Garnett clean up missed shots.
The problem is the Celtics consistently fail to block out opposing players, which gives the opposing offense the ability to score second-chance points. This has been Boston’s downfall this season, and a big reason why they have played 10 overtime games. They need to finish off opponents when they have the chance and not allow second-chance points to be the reason they lose critical games down the stretch.
Boston was outrebounded 89-73 in their last two losses against the Charlotte Bobcats and Oklahoma City Thunder. Even though the team has won six of their last eight games, not being able to rebound is going to come back and bite them in the tail once the playoffs roll around.
Considering a majority of the Eastern Conference playoff contenders have outstanding rebounders with the exception of the Miami Heat, the Celtics must focus on this area of their game if they want to be successful. Nobody in Boston wants to go into the off-season knowing that rebounding was their demise for the 2012-13 season.