Tonight’s moral victory: at least nobody else got hurt.
The Bulls’ potent defense ground down a gassed Celtics team playing its fifth game in seven nights. In fact, but for the Bulls committing 21 turnovers, this game wouldn’t have been as close as it was. The Celtics got crushed on the boards (47-28), recorded a paltry 12 assists and had 9 shots blocked (and many others altered) in dropping to 28-8 on the season.
MVP candidate Derrick Rose outplayed Rajon Rondo by scoring 36 points, including 19 trips to the free throw line (the Celtics had 22 attempts as a team).
(Rondo did finish with a solid line of 13 points, 5 rebounds, 8 assists, and 5 steals)
In the frontcourt, Carlos Boozer humiliated Glen Davis on both ends of the floor, exposing Baby’s shorter stature on defense and forcing him into miss after miss on the offensive end. Davis finished 4-17 and played the entire evening in a cone of frustration. Kevin Garnett was sorely missed tonight.
More later, including some positive thoughts on taking this one with a grain of salt and some worrying ones on why it’s the Bulls, not the Heat or the Magic, that present the most frightening matchup for the C’s come the Eastern Conference playoffs.