I think I've said this over past couple yrs (is it groundhog day?). I've (we've) definitely said it last June (how quickly C's organization forgets). CELTICS ARE A HORRIBLE REBOUNDING TEAM! They're getting slaughtered by the Knicks 2nd team! Example: end of ? quarter. PP has the ball waiting for the time to tick down before making his move. The whole world knows he is most likely gonna take the last shot. He makes his move and takes the j. The other 4 Cs are outside and just watch the shot! Not one teamate made a move to crash the boards! Trajic. Next, watch the ______ (you insert the team cause the C's are still last in rebounding). All these young bucks are doing nothing but crashing the boards. Esp since the C's don't box out.
"Me big. Me great rebounder". Wrong! I'm not saying the players are saying that, but it seems to be the attitude of DA/Papile. Well, lets get Murphy (hey Cs coulda use their last spot for a true rebounder or kept Erden) who is slow, not productive.
To rebound (if someone tries to box you out) it takes skill. You have to judge the shot. Is it long. Is it short. Is it off to one side. That gives you a head start. A running start. Missed 3s usually have big bounces off the rim and 'long' rebounds. Only DW, BB and RR have this feel. But 2 of them are guards and the other an undersized pf. So the team has to rebound, box out collectively. But, they don't. PP and RA who get most of the minutes don't crash the boards (? maybe RA is too tire from running to get open). Coaches don't demand it from bench players (Krystic does try). DA/Papile don't aquire players w/ the natural instict to rebound (or let Powe go).
Many experts say the C's basically play a zone defense. And they do. But, that is no excuse that when the shot goes up, then you put a body in front of your closest opponent, be strong and not just watch the shot.
Another theory for the lack of C's offensive boards is: 'the C's just get back to prevent the fast break'. Wrong again. It only takes one usually guard to stay back to prevent a fast break. Nobody fast broke on the Cs when Russell was getting O boards. Dennis Rodman is going into the HOF and no team dominated the Pistons or Bull during his time their. Moses Malone's teams never got dominated by the fast break. There are sometimes exceptions. Showtime of LAL in the 80's meant that a team had to be careful about crashing offensive boards. But, the Knicks and most teams in the current NBA aren't that dominant a running fast break team.
Common Doc. Stop only preaching to "play harder" in the time-out huddles and instruct on how to do things better. Otherwise the C's will be crying in their green beer long before June.