Found January 17, 2013 on
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Tomorrow night at 7 p.m the Boston Celtics will take on the Chicago Bulls at the TD Garden. After the loss to New Orleans on Wednesday, Rajon Rondo and Kevin Garnett are going to try to show the world why they were voted All-Stars during the prime-time exhibition game.
The loss versus New Orleans broke the Celtics 5 game winning steak, so Doc Rivers will be looking to get his team back on track. The coaching should create an equally interesting matchup as Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau was a member of the Celtics coaching staff from 2007-10 and was a member of the 2008 NBA Championship coaching staff.
This will be the third game between the Celtics and Bulls this season and it has been an even matchup so far as both teams have won a game. In November the Celtics were able to hold off the Bulls charge during the fourth quarter and ended up winning 101-95 at the United Center. It was a classic Celtics victory as Rajon Rondo fell one rebound shy of a triple-double, finishing with 20 points, nine rebounds, 10 assists and five steals on the night. Kevin Garnett also played well and added 16 points of his own. The most impressive aspect was that the Celtics would never trail during the game, with the score only being tied once at 2-2.
On Dec. 18, Chicago won the second matchup with a final score of 100-89 at the United Center. At the time the Celtics were struggling and the loss became their fifth straight on the road, including two divisional losses to Philadelphia and Brooklyn. Although Rondo had another good game leading the team with a game-high 26 points, the Bulls were too dominant on the boards. Joakim Noah had a rare triple-double with 11 points 13 rebounds and 10 assists, and Carlos Boozer but up an impressive double-double with 21 points and 12 boards.
The Celtic’s bench was a big part of that loss. In the first game Jason Terry and Jeff Green combined for 20 points of the bench, but the Celtics bench shot a meager 5-for-23 during their losing effort.
The key to victory for the Celtics will be rebounding. The Bulls have too high of a field goal percentage to allow them have multiple chances per possession. The Celtics will have to continue the strong team defense they were exhibiting during their recent five game win streak. The C’s will need to have a hand in the shooters eyes and force the Bulls to take bad shots. In the same regard, they have to let the jump shots beat them. KG and the Boston bigs can’t allow Noah and Boozer to get easy points off offensive rebounds. They allowed 12 in the game they lost which is way too many.
Offensively the key is Rajon Rondo. Rondo has always risen to the challenge of playing the Bulls ever since that epic playoff series in 2008. I expect him to have at least a double-double (20pts-12ass) night. Lastly, the Celtics have always been a good home team and I believe that the Boston crowd will help keep the games’ momentum in the Celtics favor.
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Joakim Noah and Kevin Garnett have a history against each other, and Noah had a funny response when asked about KG's trash talk.
Take note - You should NOT look down if you ever shake Rajon Rondo's hand.
John Anderson had to learn this lesson the hard way. Rondo's hands will consume you and make you feel like less of a man.
While we enjoy ridiculing ESPN here on a regular basis (who doesn't?), we have to admit that their "This is SportsCenter" commercials are a constant source...
Rajon Rondo and Doc Rivers talk to the media following the Celtics overtime loss to the Bulls on Firday night.
Videos courtesy of Mike Petraglia and Chris Forsberg.
Rajon Rondo talks about his first ever All-Star start and Molly previews tonights Celtics/Bulls game.
Rajon Rondo and Kevin garnett were both on pace to start the All-Star game with LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Carmelo Anthony. Rondo is basically assured of the spot, but KG was in a tight race with Chris Bosh. Would suck for Rondo to have to start with 3 Heat players and Carmelo Anthony. Hopefully Celtics fans voted a ton these final days and got KG the nod.
Videos courtesy of Chris Forsberg.
Here we are, winners of 6 out of our last 10 games and trying to right our ship, lets see what the writers from Celticslife think in our newest addiction of 5 on 5:
1. The Celtics have been playing really well lately (other then that stinker the other night). What has been the difference?
Terry P: Jeff Green. Now look, I have been hard on him PLENTY and still want to trade his...
BOSTON — On the surface, Anthony Davis seems to have a lot in common with a young Kevin Garnett. The lithe rookie for the New Orleans Hornets is just as freakishly athletic at 6-foot-10 as Garnett was as a 19-year-old for the Minnesota Timberwolves in 1995. Just like a young Garnett, Davis’ potential is clear despite a mostly up-and-down rookie campaign.
Playing against Davis...
Congratulations to Rajon Rondo and Kevin Garnett for being voted in by the fans as starters. Between KG and Melo in the frontcourt and Dwyane Wade and Rondo in the back court, this may be one...
After the game last night Joakim Noah (son of French professional tennis player Yannick Noah) was asked about playing defense against Kevin Garnett. Here's what Noah had to say:
(I was) just playing defense. Just playing sound defense, just contesting his shots. He's a helluva competitor. He's always on some bulls---. Always on some bulls---. Just trying to throw elbows...
Celtics drop a tough one at home on Friday night, falling 100-99 in OT to the Bulls. Rajon Rondo led all scorers with 30 points and Jared Sullinger continued to beast on the boards, grabbing 15 rebounds. C’s now head to Detroit for a Sunday evening game vs the Pistons. Tip-off at the Palace is at 7:30pm EST tomorrow.
Check-out some pics & GIFs from last night’s game via Hoop China.
On Friday night, after the Bulls beat the Celtics 100-99 in overtime, Joakim Noah said he didn’t want to talk too much, and especially not about Kevin Garnett, with whom Noah tangled again on Friday night and about whom Noah has had some pointed words in the past.
So on Friday, Noah did not go as far as to say that Garnett was a dirty player, as he has alleged before. Instead,...
NBA All-Star voting is underway, and the Celtics are finally playing like a team that has a couple of All-Stars on its roster.
Despite a hiccup on Wednesday night against the New Orleans Hornets, the C’s appear to be pulling things together, thanks in large part to their current “Big Three” of Kevin Garnett, Rajon Rondo and Paul Pierce.
While Avery Bradley‘s return to the...
The Celtics have lost. This one really sucked. We had a lead with a few seconds left in both the fourth and in OT, yet we couldn't catch a break. Rondo played amazing: putting in 30 points, 2 rebounds, and 7 assists. Unfortunately, he fouled out mid-way through overtime. This one stings and I just want to move on, but I won't.
Tonight's underrated stat of the night...
Selected to the eastern squad is LeBron James , a two-time Kia NBA All-Star MVP (2006, 2008), Carmelo Anthony (1,460,950), Kevin Garnett (553,222), the 2003 Kia NBA All-Star MVP. Dwyane Wade (1,052,310), the 2010 Kia NBA All-Star MVP, and Rajon Rondo (924,180), who earns his first All-Star Game start. Garnett’s selection, his 15th, ties him with Bryant and O’Neal for [...]
Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Garnett, LeBron James, Rajon Rondo, and Dwyane Wade from the East.
Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant, Blake Griffin, Dwight Howard, and Chris Paul from the West.
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