Originally Posted by b1gdon
The rebounding battle is a piece of the bigger battle for the Spurs against the Heat which is controlling their transition game. Turning defensive rebounds into fast break points is a specialty for the Heat, but fortunately, transition defense has always been a hallmark for Pop coached teams.
This, basically. We got outrebounded because we rarely go for offensive boards: we get a good shot off in the first place, and if it doesn't go, we get back on defense. Our offensive boards come on put-backs on drives and such, not three-balls or long twos. If we went for the offensive rebound, we might get it half the time, and score on half those offensive rebounds, but Miami's going to take off in transition the other half the time and score every time. Net loss.
We lost the rebound battle by strategy -- not that the strategy was to lose the rebound battle, but the strategy was to drop back on defense. They grabbed 6 more defensive rebounds than we did, and we missed 5 more shots than they did. That's the number you'd expect when you're not crashing the offensive glass.