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Game 52: Bulls (30-21) @ Celtics (27-24) Open Thread

 

http://a.espncdn.com/media/gettyphoto/GYI0060705735.jpgChicago at Boston
7:30 P.M. ET
TD Garden

CSNNE/NBATV

Offensive Efficiency:
Boston: 100.4 points/100 possessions (22nd)
Chicago:
100.8 points/100 possessions (18th)

Defensive Efficiency:
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

For more Celtics coverage and pertinent statistics, follow Celtics Hub and Stats Adam Lowenstein on Twitter: @CelticsHub and @StatsAdam

  • 2013 Year

    Go Buls

    • Kafel

      Go away..

  • ElRoz

    Go Celtics

    fuk the Bulls

  • High Rollers

    Look at that… the efficiency numbers are not far off on either end of the floor.

  • http://www.twitter.com/smsexpress smsbda

    Celtics should get Nate Robinson. Didn't Chicago almost let him go before his contract became guranteed? At least that was a rumor at one point.

  • Josh_5

    This game has 86-84 written all over it.

    • CelticsBIG3

      Maybe half that. LOL

  • High Rollers

    I hate to put it this way, but Hamilton and Deng will get theirs. Go at plantar fasciitis plagued Noah, hound Robinson into turnovers, win the game. Take care of the ball. C-Lee and Bass, please stand up, please stand up…

    Jeff Green, do your thing. But with rebounds.

  • High Rollers

    Am I asking too much?

  • High Rollers

    I agree with you, Josh_5.

  • High Rollers

    I would be with Lowenstein on the point spread, but with the whole injury inspired “consolidation” thing going on the score will probably be lower.

  • Jim

    I hated giving up Nate. He is an athletic game changer. I know the knock on him but I have always liked watching him play.I wish he still wore green!

  • The Cardinal

    While I can appreciate the 2nd quarter Ainge interview from the announcers stand point, I have yet hear a GM in any sport make an earth shattering revelation.

  • Phil725

    Well the defense is playing well at least…

    As far as offense goes, I'm not sure whether or not to be encouraged by the fact that it's a 2 point game despite Pierce and KG combining for 5 points on 2/9 shooting. They should get it going eventually, but the Bulls defend Pierce better than anyone, and KG has games (like the Bobcats two days ago,) where he's just off. If they don't step up, the Cs will lose. They don't have other options anymore.

    Edit: And Pierce line drive clanking two straight free throws is never a good sign.

    • High Rollers

      Good thing there's a second half.

      • Phil725

        The 4th quarter, maybe?

        • High Rollers

          Let's hope. Pride has to kick in.

          • Phil725

            It all worked out in the fourth quarter after all!

          • High Rollers

            Sure did!

  • hydrofluoric

    1. Jeff Green is playing fantastic. Driving it hard, and did you see him draw a double-team in the post and find Terry for that open 3?!

    2. Good lord this game sucks, huh? Haha…

  • High Rollers

    "C's 6-18 this season behind after 2nd qtr."

    Courtesy Jessica Camerato.

    Not a happy stat.

  • The Cardinal

    Unfortunately, the first unit had already begun to fall back into the walk-it-up, half court offense habit during the Denver game. Now without Barbosa, the reserves playing with Pierce are doing the same. It's incredible how quickly the whole dynamic has changed, but let's hope they recognize what's happening and snap out of it. The reserves might be better served without Pierce in the lineup because they all are deferring to him.

    • hydrofluoric

      It's not like the team just stopped looking for early offense though. The Bulls are just amazing at matching back up and we're bricking shot after shot after shot. The Bulls in general have got to be the least watchable team in the league.

  • CelticsBIG3

    This game is hilariously bad. Everybody seems to know this is the last game before All Star break, lol.

  • The Cardinal

    Terry needs to adopt Barbosa's attitude whether Pierce is on the floor or not and occasionally take over the offense.

  • Phil725

    Ironically, the Celtics' ugliest game of the year may be Bass' best. He's the only guy who actually looks like he's playing well. The offense is one thing, but he's putting up a good fight against Noah and Boozer on defense and on the boards.

    • High Rollers

      As long as somebody does.

  • hydrofluoric

    1. Jeff Green can rebound?!

    2. Jeff Green can outlet-pass?!

    3. Brandon Bas had a MONSTER help-defense possession there when Noah plastered Avery with a pick.

  • The Cardinal

    The reserves minus Barbosa simply play looser without Pierce on the floor because the offense becomes more egalitarian.

  • Phil725

    I like the little two minute rest thing Doc did with KG there. Who knows whether it will pay off or not, but I don't like when he plays short stretches all game, then goes the entire fourth quarter. He always seems gassed at the end.

  • Danny

    I hate the bulls they have to be my least favorite team in the NBA.

  • Danny

    Ill never understand how the hell Noah’s free throws go in that guy has the ugliest shot in the history if basketball. The ugliest face too.

    • Josh_5

      Shawn Marion takes offense to this.

  • KillerGymRat

    Noah's been getting away with moving screens all night. But that last one was ridiculous. He nearly took Robinson down too, and still the refs didn't blow the whistle.

    What's with the refs giving the Bulls so much leeway everytime we play them.

  • KillerGymRat

    Noooo. Not the PP iso…..nooooooooo

  • Phil725

    I swear, if they blow a 4 point and a 5 point lead with less than one minute remaining in back to back games…

    • elroz

      Just like the last time they played Chicago here… they blew the lead.. and the inbound turnover was a huge swing…the same story!

      • Anthony

        I've posted this before but they have at least 1-2 turnovers off lazy inbound passes. For a veteran team, that just shouldn't happen.

        • Anthony

          Sorry, don't know why it got posted twice.

          JET for the block and win! Yes!

    • High Rollers

      No worries!

  • Phil725

    Cover Bellinelli for crying out loud!

  • KillerGymRat

    Doc is really hyped for this game.

    Green is really not good under pressure.

  • KillerGymRat

    WTF! If we had a time out why didn't we use it before the 5 second count? That play turned the game.

  • KillerGymRat

    At least we got the foul this game. Jeez

  • Phil725

    Jason Terry, the Bellinelli stopper!

  • hydrofluoric

    JET has become a MONSTER defensive presence late in games! Sealing the game with a steal against Denver, and now against Chicago!

    • High Rollers

      Monster presence late in games period. Guess he remembered where to hang his hat.

  • KillerGymRat

    A Terry block!!!

    We tried hard to give that one away…but wow.

    All I can say to this one is….

    Charlotte, damn you! But 8 of 9 is incredible for this team right now.

  • The Cardinal

    I love the minutes played breakdown:
    Bass – 40
    Green – 36
    Pierce – 34
    Lee – 28
    Terry – 26
    KG -26
    Bradley – 26
    Collins – 13
    Wilcox – 11

    We can definitely live with those numbers.

    • High Rollers

      Yeah, I'd prefer a good ten more minutes for AB (foul trouble) and a little more production out of C-Lee however many minutes he plays. Bass getting forty is big — means he wasn't a liability but quite the opposite. Terry good, KG good, P… who knows what his prime number is. I hope he rests up this weekend.

    • KillerGymRat

      For this game since it's right before a break and against a conference rival I wouldn't have minded KG getting at least 5 more minutes.

      But it worked so no complaints.

      • CelticsBIG3

        What shocks me is how Doc manages to keep KG below thirty and we get wins and he gets double doubles. Very impressive.

  • KillerGymRat

    2.5 games out of 4th place and only 3.5 games out of 3rd at the break with all this team has been through, and we really have to commend this team for gritting it out. Major roster changes over the summer, endless trade talks, chemistry issues and then 3 season ending injuries…but here we are, right in the hunt for a serious playoff run.

    Go green!

    • High Rollers

      Well put, KillerGymRat!

  • KillerGymRat

    By the way….LOVED the way Ainge defended Rondo and all the talk this team is better without him.

  • CelticsBIG3

    KG just made comments about this being his last ASG and people asked him why because he still had two years on his contract and responded with "Yall don't know what I know". Don't scare me KG.

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