The Knicks discovered a way to stage a stirring rally on Sunday afternoon despite only shooting 34 percent from the floor.
Tyson Chandler and company helped New York mount a comeback from a 20-point deficit by attacking the offensive glass in the second half. The Knicks tallied 11 of their 16 offensive rebounds in the final 24 minutes prior to the overtime session. As seen in the above video, New York’s bigs and guards contributed to the lopsided 54-40 rebounding edge for the road team. Iman Shumpert accounted for four and Chandler was the main culprit in the frontcourt with five offensive boards and 11 rebounds in the game.
New York simply outworked Boston in this aspect of the contest. The above video displays the variety of situations the Knicks created second chance opportunities. Whether it was finding the correct location on long rebounds, tip-outs, or hustle plays in transition, New York crashed the offensive glass to generate 13 second chance points.
The Celtics are known to retreat quickly after a missed shot as opposed to chasing offensive boards and risk the potential of getting beat in the open floor. On the defensive glass, Boston should register solid numbers due to its big lineup but the squad is the 12th ranked rebounding team in the playoffs and was second to last in the regular season.
Chandler explained the rebounding disparity between the two teams in Game 4, “Effort. It’s just an effort thing honestly. I’m starting to get my legs a little bit and get some spring and was able to get couple extra opportunities.”
One can assume head coach Doc Rivers will make sure his team pays extra attention to completing defensive possessions and avoid the significant differential on the offensive glass.