Stevens looking for improvement on the glass

Stevens looking for improvement on the glass
October 8, 2013, 5:00 pm
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WALTHAM, Mass. — Upon further review, Celtics coach Brad Stevens came away with the same conclusion he had moments after Monday's loss to Toronto: The Celtics have to become a better team defensively.

"Some of the things are correctable," Stevens said. "And we can get a lot better on the glass."

The Raptors out-rebounded the Celtics 46-26, a big factor in Boston being on the short end of a 22-11 second-chance points differential.

Without a true center other than rookie Vitor Faverani, the Celtics understand that they will have to get creative in their rebounding efforts.

"We're just going to have to do it more by committee instead of individually," Stevens said.

Boston's problems weren't solely at the defensive end of the floor.

The C's had 25 assists on 33 made field goals, but they shot less than 40 percent (39.8) from the field.

Shooting a low percentage while getting crushed on the boards and allowing an opponent to shoot better than 50 percent is a recipe for disaster at any level.

More than anything, the offensive struggles are part of the Celtics' quest in becoming more consistent in all that they do at both ends of the floor.

"At times we really moved the ball and got great looks," Stevens said. "And times where we got a little stagnant."

He added, "Again, very correctable, getting used to each other. Getting used to a new coaching staff and system. I took a lot more positives than negatives from (the Toronto loss)."

In addition to what happened, the video also showed what didn't happen; specifically, the Celtics not establishing an identity or a tempo for how they wanted the game to be played.

"We didn't do a very good job of that," Stevens said. "Not to get too specific, our positioning was not as good as it needs to be, on and off the ball."

And while Stevens would love to have all those things cleaned up yesterday, he is well aware that crafting this team into the image that he wants will take time.

"Even if it's something that guys have done before, it takes time to rebuild that," Stevens said. "We got a lot of guys from a lot of different places, that played at a lot of different places. We got a new staff or a relatively new staff. It takes time to get connected, but we have to try our best to connect."