If you watched the Thunder/Bulls game the other night, especially somewhere in the second half, you might have had the same reaction that I and many other commenters here at DT had: how in the heck can we have a lead when we can’t get a rebound?”
Royce noticed it and made note in the recap, others suggested similar sentiments in the comments. I didn’t so much put the two together but just felt like we were getting crushed on the boards and hoped we didn’t give our lead away. The basketball gods smiled on us and we were able to put Chicago away despite a 25-13 deficit in offensive rebounds.
Offensive rebounds are flashy. They are like a 3-point shot in that they make you cheer in close games when your team gets one or makes one. If you are on the other side of the equation they feel like a gut punch. Your team is busy playing tough defense and they force the opponent into a tough shot that they miss only to see their freaking point guard come up with the Oreb and reset the offense with a fresh 24. It’s painful to watch and it makes you scream at your Center and Power Forward “why didn’t you box out“? Invariably after a few of those games or sequences us fans on the board begin to work out trade scenarios whereby we can ship off our inept bigs for guys that actually do box out and get the boards.
Rebounds are important. No doubt about it and I don’t want to diminish them. And the more we get the more we increase our chances of winning, but just HOW important are they? Keep Reading…