Tip: 8pm Court: TD Garden Watch it: ESPN Hear it: WEEI
Referees: Jason Philips, Brian Forte and Leon Wood
|Record: 4-5 (3rd Atlantic, 9th East)||Record: 10-2 (1st Central 1st East)|
|At home: 3-1||On road: 6-2|
|Streak: Lost 2||Streak: Won 3|
|Buckets: Allen (19.0 ppg)||Buckets: Derrick Rose (20.7 ppg)|
|Boards: Garnett (7.3 rpg)||Boards: Carlos Boozer (7.9 rpg)|
|Dimes: Rondo (10.1 apg)||Dimes: Rose (8.6 apg)|
|For the Stat Geeks:||For the Stat Geeks:|
|Offensive Rating: 103.5 (11th NBA)||Offensive Rating: 106.5 (8th NBA)|
|Defensive Rating: 103.6 (19th NBA)||Defensive Rating: 95.2 (2nd NBA)|
|Pace: 88.8 (28th NBA)||Pace: 90.1 (23rd NBA)|
The Celtics and Bulls split last year’s season series. Each time won on its home court.
Get it to: Paul Pierce
The Truth is 5-for-22 over the last two games. He averaged 16 points on 42% shooting in four games vs Chicago last season. But…
Gotta stop grab: Rebounds
The Bulls are second in overall rebounding and second in offensive rebounding. The Celtics have struggled on the boards. Two words for the entire team – box out.
The Wild Card: Derrick Rose’s toe
Rose missed Wednesday’s game with turf toe. Despite being seen in a walking boot earlier today, Rose says he will play. Will the toe limit Rose in any way? We’ll have to hope so.
How we see it goin’ down
I haven’t been Captain Optimism over the past few days, but something tells me the Celtics will bring their best effort tonight. Aside from Rose’s toe injury, Joakim Noah is struggling and playing with a freshly sprained thumb, and Carlos Boozer has been wretched the last two games. Call me crazy but I like the Celtics by double digits: BOS 94 – CHI 84