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Celtics actually not that bad at defensive rebounding

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The numbers suggest that the Celtics aren't all that horrible at defensive boards.

Tim Fuller-US PRESSWIRE

Despite your position on the offensive rebounding, the numbers suggest that the Celtics aren't really all that bad at defensive rebounds.

C's on the rebound - Boston Celtics Blog - ESPN Boston

If you go strictly by raw numbers, the Celtics have been outrebounded by opponents 504-430 through 12 games, a difference of 6.2 rebounds per game. But keep in mind that Boston's shunning of the offensive glass is a big reason for the differential. In fact, if you zoom in on defensive rebound percentage, the Celtics are more than holding their own. Boston ranks 11th in the NBA with a 74.2 defensive rebound percentage (which is two points better than last year's number and on par with the rate of the 2007-08 championship team). In fact, the Celtics are about a half percentage point away from being one of the top 5 defensive rebounding teams in the league.

Yes, I know this is an argument that several people have been making on this blog. That is because we have lots of smart people here. Consider this, then, your 4 letter network (ESPN) affirmation of the day.