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Game 39: Bulls (22-15) @ Celtics (20-18) Open Thread

Chicago at Boston
7:00 P.M. ET
TD Garden

Offensive Efficiency:
Boston: 100.7 points/100 possessions (19th)
 100.5 points/100 possessions (20th)

Defensive Efficiency:
Boston: 100.5 points allowed/100 possessions (8th)
 98.3 points allowed/100 possessions (4th)

Probable Bulls Starters:
Kirk Hinrich (PG), Richard Hamilton (SG), Luol Deng (SF), Carlos Boozer (PF), and Joakim Noah (C)

View From The Opposing Bench: 
By the Horns <http://bullsbythehorns.com/>

The following post is written by Adam Lowenstein


Tom Thibodeau and the Chicago Bulls come to Boston for the first time this season and for only the fifth time since 2010-11 when the Bulls hired Thibodeau away from the Celtics. The Celtics are 3-1 against Thibodeau’s Bulls at TD Garden and the reason that Boston has been so successful is their shooting. Three of the Celtics’ four best shooting games against the Bulls over the last three seasons have come at home.

Overall, the Celtics have struggled against the Bulls because of Chicago’s staunch defense. Since Thibodeau went to the Windy City, he and the Bulls have had a 5-1 record against the Celtics at the United Center. In the 10 total games between Doc Rivers and Thibodeau, the Celtics are 4-0 when shooting better than 45% from the field while they are 0-6 when shooting worse than 45%.

Although Derrick Rose remains on the road to recovery from ACL surgery, the Bulls have had a lot of success recently. Since 2011-12, they have a 40-24 regular season record without him. While they are better with their superstar, the Bulls have been competing very well without him and could push their road winning streak to a season-long five games on Friday.

The Celtics look to prevent that from happening with a much better shooting performance than they had on Wednesday. They had extremely bad three-point and free throw shooting against the Hornets. It was their worst three-point shooting performance of the season in a regulation game when attempting at least 18 three-pointers. In addition, the Celtics’ 37.5% free throw shooting was their worst free throw percentage in a game since 1994. Look for the Celtics, who rank in the top ten in both field goal and free throw shooting, to turn it around against the Bulls.


The Celtics bounce back from Wednesday’s defeat with the important victory, giving the Bulls their first loss on a Friday since May.

Celtics 93, Bulls 87

  • Phil725

    Unscientific reasoning alert* – I had this as a loss before the Cs lost against the Hornets, the offense has been extra inept lately, and that's not a good recipe for beating the Bulls. To make things worse, I fully expected the Cs to come out flat against the Bulls minus Rose and to get their asses kicked and outhustled because of it. But now I feel reasonably confident that they'll show up because of the recent loss and get a close win. They still might get beat because of the Bulls defense and rebounding, but I don't expect the Bulls to get much going on offense either.

    *I'm 2-0 on unscientific reasoning for the season, so let's hope it works again.

    • Shrizzy Shrek Rogers

      Lets hope it doesn't work again

  • Phil725

    Wait, what?! The savior is out and Barbosa is starting?!

    I actually like that more than the Terry/Rondo backcourt, but losing Bradley makes me nervous.

  • KillerGymRat

    I tuned in late. Why is Bradley out?

    • someguyinsac

      Bruised rib(s).

      • KillerGymRat


  • KillerGymRat

    I know the bulls are one of the top defensive teams in the league, but it's so obvious this team just doesn't have an offensive scheme that actually works. In past seasons I thought it was due to a lack of scoring talent, but after adding Jeff Green, Jason Terry and Barbosa…I think it's obvious that the system Doc uses just doesn't free up anyone or create opportunities. It forces everyone to either take a contested mid-range jumper or create a shot in a one on one situation. That worked when you had 3 future hall of famers in their prime, but now with (arguably) no superstar scorers, the system has to create easy looks or this time is never going to win a post season series.

  • mugi

    sully beastin on the boards

  • elroz

    wow..the Celtics blow this one…up two they get into a jumpball and then Hienrich nails a jumper. Probably going to loose now with tired KG and Pierce.


  • The Cardinal

    Horrible call with 9 seconds left in 4th Q.

  • Switcharoo

    WTF? Pierce got doubled up and fouled and the refs calla jump ball with 9 seconds in the 4th? They say he held the ball? Such bullshit! Now we have overtime. If the Cs lose this one it will be because of that junk call. I am so pissed right now I can’t even see straight!!!

  • Switcharoo

    Elroz you saw that play, that shit was a foul all day.

    • elroz

      yes..it was…sorry… but I hoped they could have gotten something better.

      my mistake still.

  • Switcharoo

    Ohh yeah a Rips been getting away with a lot of stuff tonight, dirty ass player for real. On a good note Sully is a rebounding machine!

  • KillerGymRat

    That no call on Pierce was disgusting.

    And how many times are they going to let Belinelli run into people and dislodge. Jeez.

    I also wish the league would consider giving all players an additional foul to use in an overtime situation (save for a player that DQ'd in regulation). I hate seeing games come down to who has the best players that didn't foul out.

  • KillerGymRat

    that. one. hurt.

    Bullshit loss.

    Bad calls and two garbage players make huge lucky buckets with our best player fouled out.

  • elroz

    And now they are probably going to get blown out in Detroit again…because they are going to be tired – PP, KG, that is… Green and the rest are going to be rested, but that doesn't matter…

  • tbunny

    I loathe the way that game was officiated.

  • Switcharoo

    Hey Chicago, don’t forget to tip your refs on the way out!
    Absolute bullSHIT!

  • james patrick

    COMPLETE AND UTTER BULL$HIT! Refs gave that to Chicago. Pierce wasn't fouled by one, but TWO bulls, including that ugly girl joakim!

  • Switcharoo

    I think I just woke up the neighbors
    I wish this site had edit buttons so I didn’t have to post a bunch of times, but I’m just a lil hot after this ridiculous game.
    Gota say though for once Lee and Terry looked good out there comparatively to some of their other outings. Nice to see a little effort for a change, must be the trade deadline looming.
    Okay that enough posting for me I’m going sleep this one off.

  • mugi

    league admitted they blew a call that cost the bulls a win in toronto so i guess this game is to pay for that blown call.

    • mugi

      my bad, raps lost.

  • yordgreat

    the nba, where the worst officiating happens……FAN-tastic!!!!!

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