Celtics looking to rebound (literally) in Game 2

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Celtics looking to rebound (literally) in Game 2

BOSTON The Philadelphia 76ers come into tonight's game against the Boston Celtics looking to rebound -- literally -- from their 92-91 Game 1 loss.

Aside from the scoreboard, there were very few areas in which the C's were the superior team. However, rebounding was one of them.

Boston, the second-to-last worst rebounding team in the NBA during the regular season, finished Game 1 with a 45-41 advantage on the boards.

For all that the Celtics did right in taking their 1-0 series lead, their ability to not just hold their own, but actually win the rebounding battle, was huge.

And it'll be worth keeping an eye on heading into tonight's Game 2 battle.

Disappointment was certainly the mood of choice for Philadelphia following the loss. But this group is far from dejected.

"Our guys feel very confident that if we can play well, we can win," said Sixers coach Doug Collins.

And part of that improvement they are seeking involves doing a better job on the boards.

"This is a Boston team that, we can't let them beat us on the boards. We can't give them the second opportunities, because that's where they get their 3s," Collins added. "I pointed to four or five segments (in Game 1) where they came up with loose balls that they came up with, and missed the 3. Either Ray Allen or Paul Pierce. I said, 'Guys, they're going to make those kind of threes. You gotta come up with those balls."

Meanwhile, the Celtics see plenty of areas in need of improvement in spite of their Game 1 victory.

Boston would love to get off to a better start shooting the ball.

"We came with the right intent and I really thought, and we've done it before, we miss seven-to-eight, point-blank, wide-open shots to start the game, and I thought we started thinking about our offense, you know?" said C's coach Doc Rivers. "I thought that allowed them to up their energy and get into us."

Stars, studs, and duds: Bradley lone bright spot in Celtics' Game 5 loss

Stars, studs, and duds: Bradley lone bright spot in Celtics' Game 5 loss

BOSTON –  The Boston Celtics’ season is officially over following their 135-102 Game 5 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Here are the Stars, Studs and Duds from the game. 

 

STARS

LeBron James

He was indeed the ultimate closer once again, leading all players with 35 points on 13-for-18 shooting with eight rebounds and eight assists. 

Avery Bradley

Not the way he would have liked the season to end, but Bradley once again showed great leadership in the face of adversity. He led the Celtics with 23 points on 10-for-20 shooting with four rebounds and an assist. 

Kyrie Irving

Boston continued to struggle keeping him from being extremely efficient scoring the ball. He had 24 points on 9-for-15 shooting with seven assists. 

 

STUDS

Kevin Love

Most of his points came early in the game, a trend we saw most of this series with him. He finished with a double-double of 15 points and 11 rebounds along with three assists. 

Deron Williams

His scoring in the first half was among the keys to Cleveland pulling away and never looking back. He had 14 points for the game on 5-for-6 shooting.

Jae Crowder

He didn’t shoot the ball particularly well (3-for-8 shooting), but you had to love his toughness and rugged play not just in Game 5 but in this entire series. He had 11 points and six rebounds to go with three assists. 

 

DUDS

Kelly Olynyk

They needed him to have a “Game 7 versus Washington” kind of night, and that just never materialized. He had seven points while missing six of his eight shot attempts.

Marcus Smart

Aside from Game 3 when he made seven 3’s, Smart didn’t maximize his opportunity to be a suitable replacement for the injured Isaiah Thomas. Game 5 was another rough one for Smart who had six points on 2-for-7 shooting with five rebounds and two assists with five turnovers.