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How we see it goin’ down: Celtics – Bulls

Tip: 8:00 PM     Court: United Center    Watch it: CSN  Hear it: WEEI

Referees:  Joe Crawford, Mark Lindsey, Zach Zarba

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The Matchup

Record: 3-3 Record: 4-2
On Road: 2-1 At Home: 3-2
Streak: Won 1 Streak: Won 1
Leaders Leaders
Buckets: Pierce (20.8 ppg) Buckets: Luol Deng (17.7 ppg)
Boards: Garnett (8.7 rpg) Boards: Joakhim Noah (9.2 rpg)
Dimes: Rondo (13.3 apg) Dimes: Kirk Hinrich (5.0 apg)
For the Stat Geeks: For the Stat Geeks:
Offensive Rating: 101.1 (19th NBA) Offensive Rating:  102.4 (13th NBA)
Defensive Rating: 104.1 (22nd NBA) Defensive Rating: 96.1 (2nd NBA)
Pace: 93.9 (10th NBA) Pace: 92.3 (19th NBA)

Last time

The Celtics lost 3-of-4 to the Bulls last season. The Celtics have lost 5 straight at the United Center.

This time

Get it to: Rajon Rondo

With Kirk Hinrich out with a strained hip, Chicago will start Nate Robinson at point guard. Yes, that Nate Robinson. Synergy graded Robinson as the worst player in the league with at least 300 plays defended (via ESPN Insider).

Gotta stop:  Carlos Boozer

Boozer may be Chicago’s favorite whipping boy, but he plays well against the Celtics (17 ppg, 58% FG, 11 rpg last season). The guy kills the mid-range jumper and is smooth with both hands around the basket.

The Wild Cards: Rebounding

Led by Joakim Noah, Boozer and Taj Gibson, the Bulls ranked #1 in defensive and offensive rebounding last season. Brace yourself for many frustrating possessions where the Celtics get the intial stop, but concede the second chance points.

How we see it goin’ down

With Derrick Rose rehabbing a torn ACL and Hinrich nursing a strained hip, the Bulls backcourt is weak. Nate Robinson and Richard Hamilton aren’t stopping anyone. Rondo, Jason Terry and Courtney Lee must capitalize on the mismatches.

Chicago gets the advantage in the frontcourt. Noah and Boozer are tough matchups. The Celtics need Paul Pierce to crash the boards and minimize damage.

The Celtics have a big advantage on the bench. The Bulls second unit is razor thin – Gibson and Marco Belinelli are the only offensive threats. If Jeff Green shows up, the Celtics should win.

BOS 95

CHI 91


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  • KY Celts fan

    Let’s get it done, boys!


    “Nate Robinson and Richard Hamilton aren’t stopping anyone.” i just LOL with that one, we should win today, no doubt…

  • SteveB

    Noah will have his usual 15 scrappy rebounds due to hustle alone. He is a thorn in their side every time. Maybe KG will get in his head as usual. It will be interesting to see the Rondo/Robinson matchup for sure. This might be a low scoring affair. I’ll go Boston 78 Bulls 73.

  • GreenCro

    Why some guys don’t know when to retire (see Joe Crawford)? Can’t stand the guy and his BS
    On another note, Deng is non-mentioned threat
    Would love to see more PT for Wilcox & Green
    How about Sully vs Noah. Even with a height mismatch it would be interesting to test our young fellow’s hustle and resolve

  • screaming jay

    Dang…that crazy Rondo face makes him almost unrecognizable.

  • RedsLoveChild

    Celtics are in need of a game where they actually look “good” in winning it.

    Enough with the “ugly” wins.

  • Collinz

    Joe Crawford and Zach Zarba? I don’t know how to feel about this game especially with those 2 officating. The Celts better click on all cylinders tonight.

  • Quest

    Celtitics need to prove they can win against caliber teams

  • Austin

    I think that the Deng/Pierce matchup is a wildcard in this game. Deng usually plays well against Pierce and defends well. Can Pierce score his 20+ points with a tough defender and while struggling with his shot?

  • totheruins

    Why are some acting like this should be an easy win? Please just stop. and considering the bulls defense unless the celtics play there best game of the season (plausible) they will probably have to win ugly…jus saying

    • Brick James

      While “winning ugly” seems to be the ’12-’13 C’s motto, I don’t see the C’s ending this game within 8 points of the Bulls.