Mailbag: Boxing out on rebounds

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Mailbag: Boxing out on rebounds

Tommy address two big questions in tonight's mailbag:

"Do you feel everyone's still finding their place and role on the court or is it just lack of effort?"

"I think there's confusion that's going on because you have to think on the fly on this particular defense," said Heinsohn. "The second thing that's not happening, I think, on this ball club is going to certain guys when they come off the bench."

Tommy has takes issue with some of the players coming off the bench and not being turned loose or utilized to their strengths. We've heard all season about the issues on the Celtics bench, and this seems like another example of either poor execution or strategy on the Celtics' part.

The second question of the night: "The Celtics don't box out on rebounds. Why doesn't Doc show them film of Bird, Cowens, Silas, and Unseld? Those were guys who were masters at getting position by boxing out."

"Well the defense now is totally different than years ago," explains Tommy. '"And the rotating defenses allow for smart players to get to the space before you can really get and block them out. Second, I don't think the Celtics consistently focus, on the actual fact of blocking opponents out when they go through all the prep for the games and practices and drills."

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