at Chicago Bulls (1-0) at Boston Celtics (1-0)
Friday, October 31
Regular Season Game #2, Home Game #2
TV: ESPN, CSNHD, CSN Chicago
TD Banknorth Garden Probable Starters
Rondo/R Allen/ Pierce/ Garnett/ Perkins
Off the Bench:[/b]
Sam Cassell Injuries:
None Probable Inactive
Sam Cassell Probable Starters
Rose/ Sefolosha/Deng/ Thomas/ GoodenOff the Bench
Larry Hughes (Shoulder) out Probable Inactive
Matchups to Watch
The Bulls #1 draft pick, Derrick Rose is starting at the point. Rondo has outplayed quite a few veterans and now he gets the chance to matchup up against the Bulls' rookie of the year candidate. Rose averaged 11.0 points, 4.00 rebounds and 9.0 assists per game in the preseason. Rondo averaged 10.2 points, 4.10 rebounds, and 6.6 assists. It will be a fun matchup to watch.
This is always a good matchup. Luol Deng is one player who has been able to defend Paul Pierce very well. Deng just got a nice big contract and Pierce is on a mission to repeat as champion. This could get pretty intense.
The Bulls won their opening night game against the Bucks 108-95. The Celtics also won their opening night game and so one or the other will be handed their first loss of the season in this game.
Last season, the Celtics swept the series from the Bulls 4-0 for the first time since the 1986-87 season. In the 4 games last season, The Celtics averaged 105.3 points to only 87 for the Bulls. The Bulls have added super rookie, Derrick Rose to a team that already was stocked with talented young players. Whether they can find the chemistry necessary to get the most out of those players is yet to be seen. They have a rookie coach in Vinnie Del Negro and the Bulls are hoping that he can keep the team from falling apart as they did last season.
Home court advantage. The Celtics are tough at home and hopefully that will give them an edge in this game.