In the days and years to come, you are going to hear this quoted again and again, but remember folks, you heard it here at Basketballogy.com first.
In the past decade of NBA Finals match ups, the team with the most rebounds has always become the NBA’s champions.
I repeat: in the modern era, the team with the most rebounds in the NBA Finals has ALWAYS won the NBA Championship.
Check it out:
|2009 NBA Finals||Lakers||Magic||Lakers +12|
|2008 NBA Finals||Celtics||Lakers||Celtics +30|
|2007 NBA Finals||Spurs||Cavaliers||Spurs +11|
|2006 NBA Finals||Heat||Mavericks||Heat +12|
|2005 NBA Finals||Spurs||Pistons||Spurs +5|
|2004 NBA Finals||Pistons||Lakers||Pistons +40|
|2003 NBA Finals||Spurs||Nets||Spurs +20|
|2002 NBA Finals||Lakers||Nets||Lakers +20|
|2001 NBA Finals||Lakers||76ers||Lakers +12|
|2000 NBA Finals||Lakers||Pacers||Lakers +1|
|1999 NBA Finals||Spurs||Knicks||Spurs +12|
Defense may win championships, but rebounding is the most consistent characteristic of NBA champions.
And that makes sense. After all, if you defend very well and force your opponent to put up bad shots, but fail to get possession of the ball, i.e. rebound, then your defense was pretty much for naught.
Let’s take a closer look at the closing moments of game 5 of the 2010 NBA Finals. The series is tied at 2 wins apiece, and the Lakers are visiting Boston.
With just 1:30 left in the game, it was starting to look as if the Boston Celtics could be headed for a fourth quarter collapse. Ray Allen had just fouled Kobe Bryant beyond the arc, and Kobe sank all 3 free throws and had that look in his eye. Now the Lakers were down 5 points (87-82), the game was the closest it had been in the fourth quarter, and the game’s most lethal closer clearly believed this game was winnable.
The Lakers’ defense clamped down on the Celtics’ following possession and had Boston in trouble. With 1:07 left in the game and just 1 second left on the shot clock, Ray Allen launched a rushed 3 pointer as the shot clock expired.
The shot is a wild one and (make no mistake) the ball missed the rim entirely, however at game speed, the game officials weren’t sure and gathered to discuss it.
For some brainless reason, the NBA doesn’t allow officials to check the replay to get calls like this right, justifying it I’m sure on the basis that they don’t want to delay the game.
Meanwhile, the game *was* delayed, and while everyone waited on the officials to see if they could guess the right call without the aid of slow motion instant replay, the television audience at home was shown the play at least a half a dozen times from all sorts of angles.
“Celtics ball,” they decide.
Now here is where we separate the men from the boys.
If you were thinking that this bad call stole the Lakers’ opportunity to make it a 1 possession game, then you need to learn more about CHAMPIONSHIP basketball.
Had the Lakers grabbed this rebound instead of Kendrick Perkins, their destiny would have been in their own hands, and not in the hands of three fatigued NBA referees.
It is no coincidence that in ALL FIVE of the 2010 NBA Finals so far, the team with the most rebounds was also the winning team.
I repeat: in all 5 games, the team with the most rebounds won.
The Lakers may be the bigger team, but so far, the Celtics are playing with bigger hearts.
Take 6 foot 1 inch point guard Rajon Rondo for example. So far this series, Rondo has more rebounds than Andrew Bynum, Lamar Odom, Ron Artest, Kobe Bryant… in fact Rondo has personally out rebounded EVERY Laker except for Pau Gasol.
Likewise, both Kevin Garnett and Kendrick Perkins have out rebounded every Laker except for Pau Gasol. I take that back: Garnett has tied Kobe Bryant in rebounds and out rebounded every other Laker but Gasol.
You get the point though.
Champions rebound, and I am DYING of curiosity to see who will rebound like champions in the remaining one or two games of the Finals.