|Posted by GreenBanner18 on June 13, 2010 at 1:46 PM|
If you haven't heard already, the team in this series who has the rebounding edge at the end of the game has been the winner. In Game 4, the Celtics outrebounded the Lakers 41-34. This includes an amazing 16-8 advantage in the offensive rebounding category.
This relates directly to which team wants it more. The team who wants to go out and work to get the rebound instead of allowing the opponent to get away with an easy defensive possession, or 2nd chance points, will be the team who sucks the life out of the other team.
Rebounding for the Celtics leads to transition opportunities, which is exactly the way Boston needs to score. It becomes very difficult to play all of the game in the halfcourt with the length of the Lakers. It also leads to great momentum and energy that the entire team feeds off when a player grabs and offensive rebound for an extra possession.
In Game 3, although I thought the Celtics played like they wanted to win, they didn't play AS HARD as the Lakers did. You could see Fisher and Artest really wanted that game with their actions after big plays on the court. In Game 4, we saw Glen Davis and Nate Robinson showing how bad they wanted it, while everyone on the bench (including Pierce / KG / Perk/ Rondo) showed how badly they wanted that game by getting down on the floor cheering on the 5 guys on the court.
Which team will refuse to get arrogant? Which team will finally play back to back games at their highest energy level? The Celtics can't get comfortable with 1 victory because being down 3-2 with 2 games in LA is dangerous. Just because they won Game 4, doesn't make Game 5 any easier. The Lakers will be coming out to play as hard as they can, and the Celtics will have to surpass that as they did to tie the series at 2. \
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