BOSTON - Funny how the Bulls' big men could collect a franchise playoff-record 14 blocked shots in Monday's Game 2 against the Celtics and still have a bad night.
The Bulls were punished on the offensive glass, giving up 21 offensive rebounds and getting outscored 32-12 in second-chance points.
"Rebounding was really the difference," Bulls coach Vinny Del Negro said.
The task facing the Bulls obviously difficult. Boston's starting big men, Kendrick Perkins and Glen Davis, are thick, muscular wide-bodies who are tough to move out of the way. Perkins and point guard Rajon Rondo collected 7 offensive boards each.
"They're athletic, but I think we've got the strength down low," Perkins said. "I think we've just got to be more physical, you know, hit them before they jump."
"It's the NBA," countered Bulls center Brad Miller. "We did a good job in the first game and were able to come out with the win. So it's going to be a key to everything, I think."
Miller led the Bulls with 9 rebounds, while Noah grabbed 8. In the blocked-shot column, Tyrus Thomas had 6 and Noah 4. It's possible the Bulls blocked too many shots, because several rejections bounced to Boston players for easy baskets.
"That's the thing about blocking shots," Noah said. "There's a positive if you get it and start the break. But they're getting offensive rebounds off blocks and we're out of position, then it's not an advantage. They probably got at least 4 or 5 of those tonight. What do you do, say 'don't block shots?'
"We got outworked on the glass and that's never a good feeling. We've just got to come ready. That was probably the difference in the game, their second-chance points."