Everytime you get a defensive rebound it is one less opportunity for the opponent to score. Each time you grab an offensive rebound it is one more opportunity for you to score. In the 2010 NBA Finals the Los Angeles Lakers outrebounded the Boston Celtics 53-40 in Game 7. Guess who won the game? Unfortunately, the Lakers won the game and the championship. In the series, the Celtics were outrebounded by over 100 rebounds (297-138 in favor of the Lakers). The numbers do not lie.
Hopefully, when you are watching a basketball game in the future you will keep a close eye on the rebounding stats. As a coach, I can tell you that we keep a lot of stats and definitely pay close attention to rebounding. We work on boxing out every day in practice, because more times than not the team that gets the most rebounds is going to win the game. Tonight, I am going to keep a close eye on one of the best rebounders, Gorgui Dieng from Louisville, and the rebounding stats in general. After all, rebounding is the difference maker!
As always, hard work beats talent, if talent fails to work hard!