Tip: 9:30 PM Court: United Center Watch it: CSN Hear it: WEEI
Referees: Monty McCutchen, Leroy Richardson and Sean Wright
Get it to: Rajon Rondo
Let the boy run wild. If Derrick Rose plays, he'll (hopefully) be rusty and (maybe) hesitant. C.J. Watson has been playing through sore ankle/elbow injuries and Tom Thibodeau has hinted rest may be in order. Rondo could see a healthy dose of John Lucas III. Run, Rajon, run.
Gotta stop: Carlos Boozer
I'm not Boozer's biggest fan. Maybe because he's a soft, overpaid front-runner. But he plays well against the Celtics (19 ppg, 63% FG this season).We're going to need a tough effort from Brandon Bass.
The Wild Card: Rebounding
It's a foregone conclusion that Chicago will win the rebounding battle. We can only hope/pray the Celtics minimize the damage on the offensive boards and do not waste solid defensive possessions by allowing chinsy put-backs.
How we see it goin' down
Derrick Rose or not, I don't have a good feeling about this game. The Celtics had to fly into Chicago following an exhausting, grind-it-out game vs the Spurs. The Bulls have been resting at home for 2 days.
Chicago is coming off losses to OKC and Houston. I'm fully expecting Thibs to have his troops playing hard and focused.
Chicago 90 – Celtics 77