Blakely: Celtics can't rebound against Bulls

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Blakely: Celtics can't rebound against Bulls

CHICAGO Thursday's 89-80 loss to Chicago was the Boston Celtics' fourth defeat in their last five games.

And with a rugged road schedule ahead, the C's are literally and figuratively trying to rebound right now.

For all that went wrong for the Celtics in the Chicago loss, rebounding was clearly the place in which the game was won and lost.

For Boston (15-14), it validated what, statistically speaking, we've known throughout this season about the Celtics.

The Celtics are a bad rebounding team, evident by them ranking No. 29 (out of 30 teams) in rebounds per game compared to a Chicago team that was ranked No. 2.

Chicago's board dominance was especially noticeable in the second quarter, a quarter in which the C's were outrebounded 19-3.

No. Seriously. They were outrebounded 19-3 in one (the second) quarter.

"The reason they stopped us, was because they controlled the glass," said C's coach Doc Rivers. "It kept us from getting out and running."

And it didn't help that the Bulls consistently work the shot clock until it nearly expires.

"Chicago was using 23 seconds it seemed for every possession," Rivers said. "We knew coming in, it would not be an up-pace game."

Still, the C's needed to have controlled the game's tempo beyond just the first quarter.

"We didn't get the rebounds. That's the key," said Paul Pierce. "In order to get out and run, and get in transition, you gotta get the stops and you gotta get the rebound. We weren't able to do that most of the night."

And that lack of rebounding can snowball into something much worse, like the 12-0 run that Chicago put on the Celtics in the fourth quarter on Thursday.

"We're not reacting well when teams are making runs," saidJermaine O'Neal. "It's almost like we go into panic mode a little bit; trying to get it all back with one or two plays. That's been the difference. We just didn't' respond very well."

But the C's will have other opportunities to make amends for letting yet another game to get away from them.

"There's only one remedy for the ailment, and that's consistency," O'Neal said. "You don't have to digest, you don't have to break it down, you don't have to do anything. If we are consistent in what we do, we'll win. We can beat anybody. If we get off schedule, then we can lose to anybody. "

Paul George takes to Twitter to explain moving truck

Paul George takes to Twitter to explain moving truck

The internet went crazy on Friday when a fan posted an image of what appeared to be moving trucks outside of Paul George’s house.

While the Pacers star could eventually be on the move this summer via trade, he took to Twitter to explain why the trucks don't necessarily mean he's moving right now. 

The Celtics held trade talks for George on during the NBA Draft, but could not complete a deal.

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According to Marc Stein of ESPN, the Cavaliers, Pacers and Nuggets have reportedly discussed a three-way deal that would send Paul George to Cleveland and Kevin Love to Denver.

The deal is similar to the one Brian Scalabrine proposed during draft night that involved the Celtics, Cavaliers and Pacers.

WNBA: Christmas-Kelly, Wings win fourth straight, 96-82 over Sun

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WNBA: Christmas-Kelly, Wings win fourth straight, 96-82 over Sun

ARLINGTON, Texas - Karima Christmas-Kelly scored 24 points and the Dallas Wings beat the Connecticut Sun 96-82 Sunday for their fourth win in a row.

Theresa Plaisance added 16 points while Skylar Diggins-Smith had 15 points and nine assists for Dallas (8-8).

Christmas-Kelly hit two free throws and then a 3-pointer to make it 15-10 and the Wings led the rest of the way. They took a 10-point led into the break and, after Alyssa Thomas grabbed a rebound and took it coast-to-coast to pull the Sun within two, Dallas used a 10-0 run over the next 2:06 to make it 70-58 with 54 seconds left in the third quarter.

Connecticut (6-6) trimmed its deficit to 70-65 on a 3-pointer by Shekinna Stricklen with 9:11 to play, but got no closer and went more than 3 1/2 minutes without a made field goal as the Wings led by double figures after Plaisance hit a 3 to make it 80-70 with 6:26 remaining.

Thomas had 19 points and Jonquel Jones added 14 and 12 rebounds for the Sun, who had their five-game win streak snapped.