Tip: 8:00 PM Court: United Center Watch it: CSN Hear it: WEEI
Referees: Joe Crawford, Mark Lindsey, Zach Zarba
The Celtics lost 3-of-4 to the Bulls last season. The Celtics have lost 5 straight at the United Center.
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.