The Boston Celtics, for years, have rebounded like the ball might give them a disease. But rookie Jared Sullinger has always been a very good rebounder. And he’s reduced it, much like Kevin Love has done, to a sweet science. (Boston Herald)
“You have to know your niche,” Sullinger said. “You have to know that if they shoot from the left side, 75 percent of the time it’s coming off the other side. You have to get yourself into position. It’s not about jumping. It’s about getting yourself into the perfect position to get the rebound. It’s reading the shot and knowing your shooters. It only takes me a couple of times to know my shooters.
“Like Gib, his come off short, so if he’s on the left side, it’s coming off on the right side,” Sullinger said of Jonathan Gibson, who came off the bench with 17 points. “It takes me a couple of days to know what shots are going up, and then you just have to rebound.”
It follows that Sullinger must have the flight pattern of E’Twaun Moore’s jumper already charted, considering that they played against each other in college, Moore for Purdue and Sullinger for Ohio State.
“E’Twaun is a little bit of both,” Sullinger said. “If it’s a contested shot it’s going to be long. If he’s by himself it’s going to be short. Ya’ll can look out for that, and when you all find out, you’re welcome.”
I’m not saying Sullinger, who had 12 rebounds in 31 minutes yesterday, will automatically become the next Love or Dennis Rodman. I am saying Ryan Hollins should take notes.