Re: New Strategy For Next Season.
posted at 6/21/2011 2:07 PM EDT
The Rebounding issue:
"Leon Powe was the best rebounder in their rotation in 08-09', grabbing 17.3 percent of available boards when he was on the floor."
Injured and not a factor in 09-10'...
In 09-10' Wallace spent more time on the perimeter and KG while rebounding at the same rate on OR's as 08-09' had a drop off on DR's most attributed to his injury not his age.
"Davis had been a much better rebounder in 09-10' than he was in 08-09' (17.0 vs. 11.4 percent), but he got limited games through the end of 09'. And with Davis and Garnett both out late 09', Brian Scalabrine played increased minutes, mostly at power forward. Scalabrine is a terrible rebounder, grabbing just 6% of available boards when he's on the floor."
Team philosophy: "Rivers isn't nearly as concerned about offensive rebounding. He'd rather his players get back and stop transition than crash the boards."
In other words, the C's cheat on defense. Watch a game and see the players retreat off the shot to get back as quickly as possible on D.
Reality: "To see which team did a better job rebounding, you just compare the two teams' defensive rebounding percentages. If the Celtics have a good night on the offensive glass, it will lower the opponent's defensive rebounding percentage. If the Celtics have a good night on the defensive glass, it will raise our defensive rebounding percentage. Either way, you'll know which team did the better job, even if that team had fewer chances to get a rebound than did its opponents. The league average defensive rebounding percentage is just over 73%."
Regardless of total rebounding % or number of rebounds the defensive % is what really counts. The team with the highest defensive stat usually wins.
Keys to winning a championship:
"Over the past 20 years, the team with the better offensive star, measured by points per game, has gone 14-6 (70 percent) in N.B.A. championship series."
"Over the past 20 years, the team with the better defense, as measured by points against per game, has gone 13-7 (65 percent) in N.B.A. championship series."
"Over the past 20 years, the team with the better field-goal percentage has gone 12-7 (63.2 percent) in finals."
"The team with more experience won 9 of 12 applicable series, winning 75 percent of the series."
Source of info:http://www.nba.com/celtics/stats/inside-the-numbers-rebounding-011906.htmlhttp://www.nba.com/2010/news/features/john_schuhmann/01/16/celtics.concern/index.html?ls=iref:nbahpt1http://offthedribble.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/06/03/which-team-has-the-right-stuff-to-win-the-title/