What a difference a week makes. Each time the Celtics rattle off an impressive winning streak, the streak seems to come to a screeching and piercing halt.
With back-to-back losses against the Lakers and lowly Raptors, the Celtics will look to get back into the win column when they travel to Chicago to take on the NBA leading Chicago Bulls on Sunday afternoon.
The two teams met in mid-January with the Celtics falling to the Bulls 88-79. The Celtics did manage to erase a 20-point lead, but could not overcome the mighty Chicago Bulls down the stretch.
Derrick Rose led the Bulls with 25 points and seven assists,Luol Deng added 21 points and 16 rebounds. Ray Allen led all Celtic scorers with 16 points and Rajon Rondo chipped in with a double-double adding 14 points and 11 rebounds. The loss was the Celtics third-straight at home.
The Celtics would go on to lose three of their next four before winning nine of their next ten games.
The season has been impossible to gauge and will continue to perplex the greatest of NBA minds. The Celtics brass needs to determine whether or not to make a run or blow it up and plan for the future, but, that is a post for another day, most likely tomorrow.
The connections with the Bulls run pretty deep.
Bulls Head Coach Tom Thibodeau was a member of the Celtics coaching staff from 2007-10 and implemented a defensive system that was the backbone of the Celtics title runs. Doc and Tib preached defense and defense wins championships.
Then of course there is Scal. Brian Scalabrine played for the Celtics from 2005-10 and was a member of the 2008 NBA championship team. The Chicago fan base has continued the love affair with Scal and we are thankful for that.
Bulls Assistant Coaches Ed Pinckney (1988-94) and Adrian Griffin (1999-2001) played for the Celtics.
Rip Hamilton and Ray Allen both attended the University of Connecticut.
Jimmy Butler and Celtics Head Coach Doc Rivers both attended Marquette University.
C.J. Watson and Mickael Pietrus were teammates in Golden State during the 2007-08 season.
Rip Hamilton and Chris Wilcox were teammates in Detroit from 2009-11.
And then onto the overall numbers:
All-Time Record vs. Chicago: 111-89 (.555)
All-Time Home Record: 63-33 (.656)
All-Time Road Record: 48-56 (.462)
Current Streak: Three Bulls Wins
Current Streak at Home: One Bulls Win
Current Streak on Road: Three Bulls Wins
Record against Chicago since 2006-07: 10-9
Largest Celtics Win: 30 points, 137-107 (3/20/88) and 104-74 (3/10/00)
Largest Bulls Win: 34 points, 119-85 (3/11/92)
Single Game Celtic High Scorer: Larry Bird – 44 pts (4/21/88)
Single Game Bulls High Scorer: Michael Jordan – 52 pts (11/9/88)
Longest Celtic Win Streak: 9 games (1/30/86 – 4/17/87)
Longest Bulls Win Streak: 11 games (12/3/94 – 4/1/97)