Boston @ Chicago
9:30 PM EST
Boston: 100.5 points/100 possessions (27th)
Chicago: 108.3 points/100 possessions (4th)
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