Ainge: C's can solve rebounding woes internally

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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.

Kraft joins four other owners on Goodell’s committee of closest advisers

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Kraft joins four other owners on Goodell’s committee of closest advisers

Robert Kraft’s relationship with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell was no doubt tested by the Deflategate saga, but apparently the Patriots owner is still thought of highly enough to be included in the new committee of five owners who will be among Goodell’s closest advisers.

Kraft, the New York Giants’ John Mara, the Pittsburgh Steelers’ Art Rooney II, the Kansas City Chiefs’ Clark Hunt and the Houston Texans’ Bob McNair will form the committee. Those five are chairmen of the league’s various committees: Media (Kraft), Finance, Stadium, International and the Management Council Executive Committee.

The five had worked closely with Goodell on an informal basis. The NFL has now made their status official. 

More here from NBCSports.com’s Pro Football Talk.

Kraft, long one of the most powerful owners in the NFL, has been critical of Goodell’s handling of the Deflategate case, but also stood down as “one of 32” owners and accepted the league’s punishment in the case without appealing.