Chicago at Boston
7:30 P.M. ET
Boston: 100.4 points/100 possessions (22nd)
Chicago: 100.8 points/100 possessions (18th)
Boston: 99.6 points allowed/100 possessions (8th)
Chicago: 99.1 points allowed/100 possessions (4th)
Probable Bulls Starters:
Nate Robinson (PG), Richard Hamilton (SG), Luol Deng (SF), Carlos Boozer (PF), and Joakim Noah (C)
View From The Opposing Bench: Bulls By the Horns
Thumbnail: Yet another blow to the 2012-13 Celtics: Leandro Barbosa is out for the rest of the season with a torn ACL in his left knee. The team now has lost three important rotation players in less than a month. The relatively shorthanded Celtics need strong performances from their veteran leaders in the team’s final game before the All-Star break to make up for the absence of one of their x-factors.
Barbosa had done a lot for Boston this season. Although he had only recently begun to receive more playing time, the ‘Brazilian Blur’ has still made an impact. The Celtics were 8-1 this season when Barbosa was on the floor for at least 17 minutes. They were 9-2 when he scored at least 8 points. In addition, the Celtics were 8-2 when Barbosa dished out at least 3 assists.
On the night that Kevin Garnett will tie for the 11th-most games played in NBA history, he and Paul Pierce will have to get the starting lineup off to a good start at the beginning of the game. Luol Deng has been a very strong defender on Pierce in the recent years, so the captain may choose to be more of a facilitator against the Bulls. Doc Rivers needs his team to have a good shooting night in order to beat former assistant coach, Tom Thibodeau. When shooting better than 45%, the Celtics are 4-0 against Thibodeau’s Bulls, but are 0-7 when having a field goal percentage of worse than 45%.
Prediction: The Celtics step up after yet another injury and shoot well overall.
Celtics 93, Bulls 89