I cannot stress this enough.
Rebounding is, in my opinion, the most important aspect of any defensive stand—or offensive miss for that matter.
A rebound gives the offense another shot at points and it stops the other team's offensive possession. So many things work out when teams rebound well.
Not to mention that the transition offense is started with a rebounded miss shot.
The team that won the past six games in these 2010 NBA Finals have also controlled the paint. Last night, the Lakers dominated the paint completely.
Boston is now playing without Kendrick Perkins for Game 7. That's a massive blow because he plays great defense, is the anchor of their whole defense, and is their leading rebounder in the series thusfar.
Now, Boston must start either the undersized Glen Davis, or the undisciplined Rasheed Wallace. I think that this is a huge boost for the Lakers, since now, there's not as much pressure for Bynum to be in the game and bang with Perkins—it's clear that Gasol cannot. Now Bynum either bangs against KG, Davis or Wallace, most likely Wallace and Davis.
If I were the Lakers, I would attack the paint early and often since it's gonna be a mismatch down there with the Laker bigs. Any foul trouble would kill Boston.
Now they have to use Shelden Williams, and perhaps even Brian Scalabrine, and the Lakers have the answer to both, since Williams can bang, but not shoot, and Scalabrine can shoot, but not bang. Scalabrine would be Gasol's man, and Bynum is in charge of Williams.
All in all, the Lakers must do all these things to be able to beat Boston, and win their second championship in two years.
With Perkins out, I like their chances in the rebounding margin.