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Film class focuses on poor rebounding
WALTHAM — The theme of yesterday’s film session for the Celtics was clear from the first set of clips. The lessons from Game 2 against the Knicks were around rebounding.
The Celtics walked away with a 96-93 victory Tuesday night, but they were beaten on the boards, 53-37. And not improving on fundamentals could lead to more challenging games.
In the midst of Tuesday’s game, Ray Allen looked up and realized the Knicks were shooting 40 percent, yet it was a 1-point game.
The rebounding struggles begin with positioning, Allen said.
“Seeing the plays throughout the game where if you don’t get back on defense — you’ve got that celebratory run and you trot back a little bit on defense — they attack those seams,’’ Allen said.
In the first four seconds on the defensive end, while the Celtics were trotting up the court, Allen said, the Knicks tested Boston’s defense. And without a player in position, the rebounds easily landed in the hands of a Knick.
The Knicks took advantage, scoring 24 points on second-chance opportunities, compared with 6 by the Celtics.
“We can play smarter and we can do that,’’ said coach Doc Rivers. “We gave them so many extra possessions and things like that. A lot of them was our rotations that we have to get better at.
“We’re 2-0, and that’s good. The thing is, we have to play better and we will play better.’’
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