Re: Game Thread: Celtics vs Bulls
posted at 4/7/2012 7:48 AM EDT
In Response to Re: Game Thread: Celtics vs Bulls
[QUOTE]In Response to Re: Game Thread: Celtics vs Bulls : KG's rebounding numbers went down since he got injured in 2009. It's also not true that KG is rebounding like mad since the all-star break. KG's season average is 8.3 rpg. In the last 10 games KG is only averaging 8.4 rpg. From 8.3 to 8.4 is not really not a big jump. And KG's career average is 10.6 rpg, that means he's 2 rebounds per game short of his career average. Bass is just an average rebounder. That's why he's just 6th man material.
Posted by Fiercest34[/QUOTE]
Let's not distort the facts, ok? First, I did not say he was as good as he was before the injury. WHat 34 or 35 year old is as good of a rebounder as when he was 30 before a knee injury. He is, however, a GOOD rebounder, especially after the break.
Second - you quote his average. But that average includes the games where we blew someone out and he didn't have to play much. Last 10 games, for example, KG's rebounds were 14, 7, 8, 10, 10, 4, 5, 8, 10, 9. The 4 and 5 rebound games - we beat Charlotte and Washington! Heck in the Wizard game he only had to play 24 minutes. In one 8 rebound game we got blown out by philly and he sat and in the other one, we blew out Miami and he sat most of the 4th qtr. So, when it mattered, he's been rebounding great. In the tough games against OKC and Houston, he had 13 rebounds. When we played the Lakers, he had double digit rebounds about 2 other 7 foot guys!
A guy can't get 14 rebounds against the Bulls and be blamed for poor rebounding!!
So, I hold to my statement - KG's rebounds are not the issue with our team. Bass, on the other hand, is NOT tough on the boards. If we kept KG's numbers and Bass added just 3 rebounds a game, Pierce added 2, and Steimsma added 2 - look at what it does to our rebounding average. We cut down on second chances by the opposing team (or get more chances to shoot) and a lot of close games swing our way.
Its a TEAM rebounding issue and KG is not the problem.