Ainge: C's can solve rebounding woes internally

745276.jpg

Ainge: C's can solve rebounding woes internally

WALTHAM The Boston Celtics have a roster spot available that they could easily fill with a big man to help with the team's porous rebounding. 

But Danny Ainge said there's no movement in that direction right now. 

Ainge remains confident that the C's rebounding woes can be cured from within the team's current roster.

The Celtics have shown flickering moments of being a good rebounding team this season. In their 116-110 overtime win at Orlando on Sunday, the Celtics out-rebounded the Magic 51-42. Orlando came into the game as one of the NBA's better rebounding clubs. The Magic are currently 12th in the league in rebounding.

But far too often, the Celtics have allowed themselves to be pushed around and bullied without putting up the kind of fight and resistance needed.

"It's focus. It's effort," said Ainge, Boston's president of basketball operations. "It's five guys doing it. It's like that old cliche, all it takes is one guy to not be doing his job. That's sort of where we are. We're not getting everybody to lock in on every possession. Until we do, we'll be ordinary."

The Celtics currently rank dead-last (out of 30 teams) in rebounding with 37.1 per game. Their opponent tonight, Portland, isn't that much better. The Blazers are grabbing 39.4 per game which ranks just ahead of the C's, at No. 29.

Thomas (hip) feeling better, but still no determination on surgery

Thomas (hip) feeling better, but still no determination on surgery

BOSTON –  Brad Stevens said Isaiah Thomas (hip) is feeling better, but no decision has been made on whether the two-time All-Star will have surgery.

“He’s doing some rehab work out there with his people in Seattle,” Stevens told a pool reporter during Thursday night’s NBA draft. “He’s getting ready to host his Zeke-end (basketball tournament), which is a big deal for him.”

Thomas, who led all players in the Eastern Conference with a 28.9 points per game average, suffered a right hip injury in Boston’s second-round series against Washington but continued to play through it.

However, the injury only worsened and ultimately led to him being unable to return in the second half of Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals against Cleveland which ended in five games.

Stevens said no decision has made yet as to whether Thomas will require surgery.

“He has his follow-up appointment here in a couple of weeks to determine next course of action,” Stevens said. “And nothing’s determined after that. He hasn’t done a lot, physically, and will be off his feet until that next appointment, or won’t be doing any basketball.”