Certainly not the team that gives up 8 more offensive rebounds and 11 more turnovers. You get 19 more possessions, you get more shot attempts. The math is easy.
This is such an old story, yet when it unfolds every night it's still stunning to watch and still as logic-defying to comprehend.
On the defensive end it looks like the defensive rotations use up every bit of brain and body energy they have, and the shot that follows is a signal for all of them to relax for a moment, stop, freeze, stand stockstill unless the ball is a long shot and the rebound maybe ends up directly overhead.
Otherwise, they just stand and watch. Last night there were at least 4 own-rebound put-backs. Anthony and Martin looked like they were taking a ball away from a kid at the playground. Both of them waltzed down the lane for putback dunks.
I'm serious. I've coached for a very long time and I cannot believe that coaches at any level leave this unattended. And it is not, repeat, not tied in with the philosophy to not send people to the offensive glass. That's at the other end. This is defensive rebounding we're talking about.
It is said that rebounding is mostly a matter of instinct and will. Bass doesn't have it and despite last night, Green seems not to either. I'm ready to see if White can do it in Bass's place. Randolph already seems to have that flailing, clumsy, stumbling, rebounding nose for the ball. Maybe throw him in and let him whack a few people across the nose a few times.
As far as the turnovers, all those adequate passing combo guards are not adequate at all, and Pierce has become a turnover machine, a scorer whose last turnover, he is always quite sure, will be made up for by his next score. Sometimes he gives it a 'my bad,' but mostly he looks around for something else to hang it on, if he reacts at all.
Crawford came in as a 'trick or treat' player. Six turnovers from him is no shock. But from a veteran, captain, all-time great Celtic, future HOF, etc., etc., on a losing streak, playing at home against the Knicks for playoff seeding, six turnovers and listless defense is not the kind of leadership you'd expect, nor, might I say, the kind you got from other all-time greats like Cowens, Havlicek, Bird, Heinsohn, Russell, etc., etc.