If rebounding is mostly about attitude, then the Boston Celtics have a very poor disposition.
Dead last in the league in rebounding, things don’t get any easier for the Celtics when they travel to San Antonio this evening for a matchup with the Spurs, who sport the third best record in the NBA at 18-6.
Boston has been outrebounded in the past four games, though they have managed to win two of those contests including a double overtime thriller over the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday night.
The secret to San Antonio’s success has been , as always, their consistency. They are in the top 10 of virtually every major category, are good at everything and are always a factor in both the regular season and deep into the post season.
Of course, every team goes through a dry spell every now and then, and it appears that the Celtics are catching them in the middle of one, San Antonio has lost two straight, both on the road. Returning home to the AT&T Center where they are 71-12 over the past three seasons, including a 7-2 mark this season, could be the remedy for the road weary Spurs.
Conversely, Boston sports a five game winning streak in San Antonio, but are currently mired in a three game road losing streak overall, including last night’s disappointing loss at the hands of the Rockets in Houston.
“We had some runs, but I never felt like we were going to win the game,” Celtics’ coach Doc Rivers said after last night’s loss, “I don’t know why and I’m disappointed in the loss.”
Forward Paul Pierce echoed Rivers’ sentiments.
“We took a step back tonight,” Pierce said of the Celtics, who fell behind 17-4 before blowing a seven-point lead later. “We were playing every other quarter. We’ve got to come out with the right mindset to be consistent.”
Consisitent defense has been an issue as well, seeming to just go through the paces and giving up oints in huge chunks. “We were trying to create some defensive consistency and we just weren’t able to do that,” said Kevin Garnett, who had 14 points for his lowest total this month.
The road doesn’t get much easier for Boston. After playing the Spurs tonight, they travel to Chicago to play the Bulls, one of the best rebounding teams in the NBA as well as one of the best at defending their own glass.
They return home to TD Garden on Wednesday to take on the Cleveland Cavaliers.