Again, our bigs played their bigs to a draw on the boards. A lot of the rebounds were long too, where JV would have no impact.
The reality is that their starters played with way more energy than ours. Yes, JV would have helped with the boards, since he's our best rebounder. But poeltl and bebe were great defensively with their mobility, and perhaps some of those rebounds would have turned into straight buckets. Poeltl in particular was outstanding.
At the end of the day, they crushed us on the boards, no single player would have made a difference imo.
And despite that, because our defense was great, we should have won in double digits if we could only make a few of those open shots.
It really was an excellent game, except for those two areas.
Have you ever played organised basketball? Coached it?
Again, using rebound numbers of the bigs is idiotic, especially since Bebe and not Poeltl never were on the court at the same time. Even then, using raw numbers is idiotic. Plus, it’s the number of offensive boards that killed Toronto - 18 allowed. That falls on the bigs. SA will naturally have more rebounds since the Raps missed more shots but the rebounding discrepancy was due to their work on the offensive end and Toronto’s bigs’ inability to clean up the glass.
Bebe, as mentioned, gets pushed out of position too easily and he doesn’t box out. As a result, he’s often in poor rebounding position (often under the hoop), which creates space for other players to grab loose balls (just watch every game he plays and he’s often under the rim). It isn’t always necessary for the opposition big to grab the offensive rebound if he’s creating opportunities for his teammates through space or back taps. It’s like setting a screen - the stats won’t show anything but he plays a critical role in the outcome.
Finally, Bebe has always been a poor rebounder. Ditto Ibaka (he only had 4 rebounds). The two combined for 10 rebounds, which is atrocious from your starting frontcourt.