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Celtics need better board work to rebound in this series

 Time for the Celtics to get back to basics, and improved rebounding may be a good start. It wasn't just the Bucks Bobby Portis grabbing an offensive board - and laying the ball in - after a Giannis missed free throw. The Celtics were outrebounded 49-36 for the game, and Portis had 15 all by himself - with seven coming off the offensive glass.


Boston had a mere five offensive caroms, compared to 17 for Milwaukee. The Celtics clearly miss Rob Williams' scores off put-backs and lobs

Boston's offensive spacing on the floor for uncontested 3-pointers may be partly to blame for the low offensive-board count. They often are poorly-positioned to follow through on their missed shots.

There will be those that put some blame on Marcus Smart for his execution in the closing seconds of the game, but The Green generally should have kept their composure - and, yes - worked harder to bring their offense into the paint and grab several more caroms off the offensive boards for easy baskets. Last night's game was winnable. Expect some changes in Game 6. This was a super-frustrating loss.

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