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Game 54/66: Celtics (30-23) @ Bulls (42-13) Open Thread

Boston @ Chicago
United Center
9:30 PM EST

Offensive Efficiency
Boston: 100.5 points/100 possessions (27th)
Chicago: 108.3 points/100 possessions (4th)

Defensive Efficiency
Boston: 98.6 points allowed/100 possessions (2nd)
Chicago: 99.3 points allowed/100 possessions (3rd)

Probable Chicago Starters: Derrick Rose (PG), Richard Hamilton (SG), Luol Deng (SF), Carlos Boozer (PF), Joakim Noah (C)

Injury Report: Derrick Rose has missed the last 11 games with a groin injury, but went through full contact drills in practice for the first time on Wednesday and the Celtics are expecting to see him out there.

View From The Opposing Bench: By The Horns

Thumbnail: Well, here’s the good news. The Bulls are in the middle of their first relative tailspin this season, losers of two straight. They may or may not have their best player on the court for the first time in over two weeks. Whether or not any of that’s actual “good” news is up for debate.

Here’s the bad news. For the first time this season, Chicago find themselves on a two game losing streak. They’re mad, they’re angry, and they’re rested (in this adrenalized season, the Bulls have been granted a rare two days of rest heading into tonight’s game). Meanwhile, the Celtics are coming off a tough home loss to San Antonio last night. The game’s pace was up and down in the first half, and we’ll see if that has any effect on the legs of Ray, Paul, and Kevin tonight. Each played at least 32 minutes in last night’s loss.

Derrick Rose may not suit up, but he could. He probably will. And if he does, the Bulls are an incredibly difficult team to beat at home.

Prediction: If Rose does not play: Celtics 88 – Bulls 80. If Rose does play: Celtics 92 – Bulls 98


Twitter: @ShakyAnkles

  • Josh

    Hey Mike, I think you have your 2 outcome results switched around.

    • michaelpina

      Thanks, Josh!

  • janos

    Hi Michael,s is Janos

    This predict, is true?
    Prediction: If Rose plays: Celtics 88 – Bulls 80. If Rose does not play: Celtics 92 – Bulls 98"

    i know you are new nba rose , very good player and predict bad , my think.

  • High Rollers

    Can’t wait to see our incredibly shrinking frontline pestify the Bulls.

  • ripsonics


    GO C'S

  • CelticsBIG3

    Celtics have a tough one here. Hope for a win tonight and on Saturday vs. Indy. I'll be in Beantown Sunday night to see em' try to finally vanquish Philly. Christ won't let the Celtics lose on Easter… Right?

  • someguyinsac

    Rose or no Rose, I'm looking for the win!

    • someguyinsac

      I'm also curious about how Bradley getting the start tonight works too.

  • onecowboytoo

    Rose is out.

  • onecowboytoo

    AB starting.

  • DocSucks

    Look at Doc, when everything goes well, he's calling time out and giving out instructions. When things are not going well, what does he do? Nothing, he's just sitting on his ass and with lips tight shut, his eyes are saying: ohh here we go again, what should I do?

    • IBleedGreen

      DocSucks sucks

      • DocSucks

        Didn't know you are such a Doc butt kisser. Enjoy the taste!

        • ripsonics

          You're an idiot

          • DocSucks

            What? you don't like the taste of the cold sweat and losing off his butt?

  • tomrod

    please Rondo play defense!

  • BTRob

    Sigh…two winnable games and we just threw them away…I blame it on Doc's silly starting line up change yesterday!

  • hansgruber

    Back to being a mediocre team.

  • High Rollers

    MP and a good night’s rest would have really pestified them. We’ll get’em.

  • Lantrell Walker

    So two losses by a combined 8 points against two of the highest seeds in the NBA has people fretting & worried?
    I'm disappointed they lost two very winnable games also, but let's not(some of us) act like the sky is falling, they're still atop the Atlantic & when the postseason comes & they're whole and healthy, mark my words, they'll be the mystery box that no one will want to open.


    • NICK33

      Thank you for talking sense. I believe that a little bit of adversity now will be beneficial once the postseason begins.

  • Josh

    I'm a very negative Nancy, and these 2 losses really pissed me off because frankly, the C's gave both of them away. However, I gotta thank Lantrell for talking some sense into me.

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