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Game 29/66: Celtics (15-13) @ Bulls (24-7) Open Thread

 

Boston at Chicago
8:00 P.M. ET
United Center
TNT

Offensive Efficiency:
Boston: 99.3 points/100 possessions (20th)
Chicago: 105.9 points/100 possessions (2nd)

Defensive Efficiency:
Boston: 95.2 points allowed/100 possessions (3rd)
Chicago: 94.7 points allowed/100 possessions (2nd)

Key Injuries: CHI: Derrick Rose is out.
BOS: Brandon Bass
is out. Kevin Garnett is probably out.

Probable Chicago Starters: CJ Watson (PG), Ronnie Brewer (SG) Luol Deng (SF), Carlos Boozer (PF) Joakim Noah (C)

View From The Opposing Bench: By The Horns

THUMBNAIL
Ray Allen and Paul Pierce took last night off against the Pistons and Boston wasted a career-high from Rajon Rondo, who has even more reason to be irritated as the Celtics look for their second straight win over the Bulls. In Chicago’s favor tonight: they hung in there on Sunday despite the lack of Rose, will be looking for revenge and face a Celtics team back-to-backing (Pierce and Allen excepted; they should be plenty fresh). And they’ve only lost a single game at home all season. In Boston’s favor: after throwing away a game last night against the Pistons and playing tonight under national TV lights, there should be no letdown in effort. And, of course, it also helps to do this basketball thing without Rose tearing apart your perimeter defense every second play.

PREDICTIONS
From our 5-on-5 earlier today, Brendan and Brian say Chicago strikes back while Chris and Hayes say the C’s take it. I’m going to split the difference and say Boston wins if KG plays and loses if he doesn’t. As I type this, it’s unclear if we’ll see him back, so here are two possible outcomes:

Boston 95 Chicago 91

Chicago 97 Boston 90

  • I_Love_Green

    The offense will be ugly tonight. Great defense+second night of a back to back= UGLY offense.

    As if its not ugly every night though….

  • Celtics4life

    kg is coming back and he is fresh we also have all these young bench players like wilcox and johnson o and Mickael pietrus. Celtics got this like they got the game on Sunday

  • someguyinsac

    I'm posting an APB for Rays shot making ability, anyone see it lately?

    • ripsonics

      Yeah the third quarter found him then we went to Ray 3 times in the fourth. Awesome.

  • LACelticFan

    Nice foto of DA guarding MJ. Gotta love the 80's Celtics.

  • Anthony

    Nice start but game is looking ugly. SMH…

    Here are my grades for the team with 8mins left in 3rd.

    Fs for JO, Ray
    Ds for JJJ, AB
    Cs for PP, KG, MP
    Bs for Rondo, Wilcox, Dooling

  • Morpheus

    We ain't going anywhere with this team.

  • ripsonics

    Math:

    C's are 9-12 with Rondo scoring 89.85 ppg, and allowing 89.95 ppg.

    C's are 6-2 without Rondo scoring 90.375 ppg, and allowing 80.125 ppg.

    Just Sayin…

    • Batman

      -_-'

  • guest

    I hate to say it but we might have to give up the captain. KG might be old but he is the anchor to the D like everyone says. If he wasn't playing tonight it would of been a blow out. I don't even know anymore.

    • I_Love_Green

      No you don't trade Paul Pierce. Its something you can't do.

    • ripsonics

      yeah that would be like the Sonics moving! oh wait..

      no but in reality, trading PP would be a slap in the face to one of the greatest Celtics of all time. Pierce stays, unless he requests to leave.

  • ripsonics

    i dont KNOW WHAT TO DO EITHER. I HAVE NO ANSWERS FOR THIS MAYHEM.

  • Kafel

    Celtics need a solid center that can defend and rebound, scoring isn't that important. Pack JO, Dooling and Daniels for some big ( and younger than 30' ) body in the paint… And about trading PP? Don't forget that he was driving this team without Rondo. He is in some kind of slump right now but he will be OK and he is Celtic for life.

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