In their 99-98 win over the Thunder on Nov. 28, the Rockets corralled 16 offensive rebounds. Houston, like Chicago last Monday, also benefited from having eight out of 10 players who played grab at least one offensive rebound. The Rockets have two players, forwards Luis Scola and Chuck Hayes, who average two or more offensive rebounds.
â€œThey're a great offensive rebounding team,â€ Durant said. â€œThey hurt us last game. But I think as wing players, we've got to do a better job of helping our bigs out. They're fighting to keep them off the glass. That's when we've got to come in and swoop them rebounds up.â€
Gasol's pivotal putback last spring demonstrated the importance of preventing offensive rebounds. The Thunder grabbed 11.7 offensive rebounds last season, ranking in the top 10. But this season, OKC has pulled down just 10.4 offensive rebounds, which through 23 games had helped opponents attempt more shots and outscore the Thunder.
â€œWe don't have that dominant rebounder. But we don't need that because everybody rebounds,â€ Brooks said. â€œWhen we're really engaged in what we do, I feel that we're always going to get the rebound.â€