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In a rematch of the most entertaining seven-game series I have been alive for, the Bulls and the Celtics square off in Chicago at 8:00 pm. This should be the first real test for the Celtics since their opener against the Miami Heat and a test of team cohesion. The boys from Boston have played and lost to some of the middle-of-the-pack teams in the NBA, this will be a good litmus test to see how the C’s fair against the always hard working Bulls.Chicago is coming off of a win against Minnesota in the United Center on Saturday in which Nate Rob was the high scorer with 18, and Boozer collected 9 rebounds. The Bulls improved to 4-2 after losing their previous game to the Thunder on national television Thursday.The Bulls are without there fearless leader in Derrick Rose, and have rallied behind Tom Thibodeau (add him to the list of 100 coaches more fit to coach the Lakers than Mike D’Antoni) and his team-first defensive mentality. They are fourth in the league in both points allowed (88.7 ppg) and team assists (24.0 apg) with Kirk Hinrich running the show, which speaks volumes about the Celtic’s former assistant coach. Thibodeau knows better than most the difficulty in stopping Rajon Rondo, and his job may have gotten more difficult now that Hinrich is listed as day-to-day with hip problems and may not play tonight which means Nate Robinson (!!!) may be tasked with stopping the Celtics front man.Loul Deng has shown repeatedly that he is one of the best defenders in the NBA, and perhaps one of the best equipped to stop Paul Pierce. That match-up will be important to watch as they are both teams’ go-to isolation scorers. Joakim Noah will also be a target for the Chicago offense, as his post abilities against the smaller Celtics frontcourt should provide match-up problems Chicago will attempt to exploit. He is also a great passer out of the post, averaging 3.3 assists per game, so a simple double team may not suffice.While the Bulls are great defensively, they do have some liability in older players Boozer and Hamilton, and it would behoove the C’s if they ran offensive sets for whoever is playing shooting guard or power forward and force help from the rest of the Chicago players. If the Celtics are to win this game, I see Terry coming off of screens or Wilcox running the break as key components in making that happen . Lastly, if Nate Robinson is the starting point guard, Rondo needs to have a big game. I don’t care if you are playing with future hall-of-famers, Rondo needs to spend enough time in the paint to build a house if the five foot nine inch Robinson is guarding him.
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Rajon Rondo's been given an assist they missed in Milwaukee. That makes 11 for the game and thus a new NBA record 28 straight games of 11+.
— Sean Grande (@SeanGrandePBP) November 14, 2012
Sean Grande has tweeted that they found a previously unreported assist for Rondo in the game against the Bucks. He was previously recorded as having 10 assists in the game and that left...
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“He works hard at his craft,” Pierce said. “It’s developing nicely over the years. I feel that with me, Kevin (Garnett) being around here, I’ve been a part of that. It’s beautiful to watch him finally...
The Celtics have underachieved so far this season, but they were finally putting together a solid wire to wire effort Monday night in Chicago. However, as I watched a 13 point 4th quarter lead dwindle down to 3 with five minutes to go, the score was not what concerned me; Rajon Rondo had only 6 assists.
Amazingly in the final 3:12 of the game he assisted on each of the C’s final...
The Boston Celtics entered the season expected to contend with the Miami Heat (and possibly others) for the Eastern Conference title. They’re off to a 3-3 start, which isn’t bad, but certainly not impressive when you consider that two of the wins came against the Wizards. One of the main problems for the Celtics is their age. Kevin Garnett is 36 and Paul Pierce is 35, which...
Only 5 games into the season it is way to early to panic about this team or jump off the bandwagon. I said this at the beginning of the season we need to wait about 20 games to really judge this team and make a judgement to weather this team is going to make a title run. The good with this Celtics team in the first 2 weeks has to start at the top with the play of PG Rajon Rondo....
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Rajon Rondo had 20 points, nine rebounds and 10 assists to lead the Boston Celtics to a 101-95 win over the Chicago Bulls on Monday night.
Rondo took advantage of Bulls point guard Nate Robinson for three quarters, helping the Celtics build a 12-point lead on 56-percent shooting. He extended his streak of consecutive games with 10 or more assists to 31, the longest in the NBA since...
The Celtics had a pretty good team win against an injury riddled Chicago Bulls team. This is not an indictment on the win, but how well they came together defensively. The dreaded KG swoon did not occur. When Doc took KG out of the game, the team did not fall apart.
There is also Rajon Rondo, who is starting to find players in their preferred spots, with Jason Terry being...
CHICAGO - No one knows the vaunted defensive system of Chicago Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau quite as well as Boston's Doc Rivers. Thibodeau was a Celtics assistant from 2007 to 2010 and the two won an NBA championship together in 2008. Boston tore up that defense to the tune of 58 points and 59.5 percent shooting in the first half to take control of Monday's game at the...
Kevin Garnett is still the heart and soul of the Boston Celtics defense
The Boston Celtics fell to 2-3 on the season after losing 106-100 to the Philadelphia 76ers in the Garden on Friday. The lost also dropped their home record to 1-2. The Celtics are struggling to find their chemistry on both sides of the ball, at an incredibly inconsistent rate. There are times when they are putting...
The NBA announced All-Star ballots for each team today, and the Celtics are well represented, with five players.
Five #Celtics on #NBA All-Star ballots: Guards - Rondo Rajon, Jason Terry. Frontcourt - Kevin Garnett, Jeff Green, Paul Pierce #CelticsTalk
— Jessica Camerato (@JCameratoNBA) November 13, 2012
I'm a little disappointed Brandon Bass was left off for Green. He has...
After every game, we’ll take stock of how each individual performance affects the player’s overall value.
Offense: 20 points on a very efficient 10-16 shooting. He hit 5 of 6 shots at the rim, and 5 of 8 from everywhere else inside the 3-point line. A few of his turnovers were sloppy, but a few of his passes were spectacular.
Defense: He played the passing lanes...
Boston Celtics (3-3) @ Chicago Bulls (4-2) 8:00 PM EST: CSNNE/WEEI Starters: Boston Celtics PG - Rajon Rondo SG – Jason Terry SF - Paul Pierce PF – Brandon Bass C – Kevin Garnett Injuries: Avery Bradley (shoulders) Chicago Bulls PG – Marquis Teague SG – Rip Hamilton SF – Luol Deng PF – Carlos Boozer C – [...]
Tip: 8:00 PM Court: United Center Watch it: CSN Hear it: WEEI
Referees: Joe Crawford, Mark Lindsey, Zach Zarba
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On Road: 2-1
At Home: 3-2
Streak: Won 1
Streak: Won 1
Buckets: Pierce (20.8 ppg)
Buckets: Luol Deng (17.7 ppg)
Boards: Garnett (8.7 rpg)
Boards: Joakhim Noah...