Boston: 100.9 points/100 possessions (17th)
Chicago: 99.2 points/100 possessions (24th)
Boston: 101.1 points allowed/100 possessions (12th)
Chicago: 96.5 points allowed/100 possessions (2nd)
Probable Chicago starters: Kirk Hinrich (PG), Marco Bellinelli (SG), Luol Deng (SF), Carlos Boozer (PF), Joakim Noah (C)
View From The Opposing Bench: By the Horns
Thumbnail: The Celtics are at a crossroads right now. A loss tonight would make it three in a row and officially make them a .500 basketball team. A win would allow them to return home on a high note and prepare to play two winnable games (Cleveland and Milwaukee) to close out the week. Getting three wins this week would also be necessary if they want to be no worse than a .500 team after next week. The C’s have a tough road trip coming up that sees them play the Nets, Clippers, and Warriors.
It all starts tonight though with the C’s take on the Bulls; a team coming off their worst offensive output this season where they only scored 70 points in a game against Memphis. The Bulls recent offensive woes coupled with the fact that the Celtics have already beaten the Bulls in Chicago this season bodes well. If the Celtics want to return home with a win, they need to do a better job taking care of the ball and they need to shoot better from the field. It’s almost a given that they will lose the rebounding battle and not defend as well as the Bulls so it’s imperative to play clean and efficient basketball.