Saturday, December 12th, 2009
United Center- Chicago, IL
Tip-Off 7:00 PM EST
The Boston Celtics are on the road again tonight as they take on the Chicago Bulls at the United Center in Chicago, IL. The Celtics come into the game as winners of nine straight and have an overall record of 18-4. The Bulls are currently 8-13. The Bulls finally got back on the winning side of things last night after beating Golden State. They had lost four games in a row before last night and there are talks in Chicago about firing Vinny (Del Negro).
After last years historic first round playoff game we can expect tonight’s game to be very physical. The Bulls are still a young team but they are one of those teams that can beat any team any night, or in contrast get beat by 20 by any team on any night. The Celtics are going to have to make sure to keep the perimeter on lock tonight as 4 of the 5 Bulls starters are capable of making open three’s. The Bulls are also a very scrappy team, the Celtics are going to have to keep Noah, Miller, and Deng off the boards if they want to put this team away.
As far as individual matchups, there are some very interesting one’s between these two team. It all starts with the two young guns at the point guard spot, Rajon Rondo and Derrick Rose. Both of these guys will more than likely step up their games tonight trying to make a statement to one another. We should also pay close attention to the battle inside tonight between Kendrick Perkins and Joakim Noah. In last years playoff matchup we saw the two of these guys get into it a few times. Both of these guys are very vocal and physical players, it should be interesting to watch.
Tonight we will again be paying close attention to how Doc will make up for the loss of Marquis Daniels. Last game against Washington we saw some quality minutes from Tony Allen. With the troubles TA has had in Chicago (receiving death threats) we may not see TA as much tonight. We may see increased minutes from Pierce and Ray Allen if that is what is needed for a victory, or we may see some early minutes from J.R Giddens.
The Bulls are currently a team that is struggling, the Celtics need to go in their tonight and destroy any thoughts the Bulls may have of getting a victory. This is not a game that we want to let the Bulls hang around in, espically on their home court. If the C’s can continue doing what they have been the past nine games this game should be an easy victory for the good guys.
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