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Celtics (37-19) at Bulls (27-29) Game #57 2/16/17
« on: February 15, 2017, 10:10:24 PM »

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Boston Celtics (37-19) at Chicago Bulls (27-29)
Thursday, February 16, 1917
8:00 PM ET
Game #57, Road Game #29
TV: TNT
Radio: 98.5 Sports Hub,  WLS AM 890
United Center



Probable Starting Matchups 
Point Guard
  vs 
Isaiah Thomas vs Jerian Grant

Shooting Guard 

  vs 
Marcus Smart vs Michael Carter-Williams 

Small Forward
  vs 
Jae Crowder  vs  Jimmy Butler

Power Forward
  vs 
Al Horford vs Taj Gibson

Center
  vs 
Amir Johnson vs Robin Lopez

Reserves
Gerald Green
Demetrius Jackson
Jonas Jerebko
Jordan Mickey
Terry Rozier
James Young
Tyler Zeller
Kelly Olynyk

Injuries
Avery Bradley   (Achilles)  out
Jaylen Brown  (hip) out

Head Coach
Brad Stevens



Reserves
Rajon Rondo
Isaiah Canaan
Michael Carter-Williams
Christiano Felicio
Doug McDermott
Bobby Portis
Denzel Valentine

Injuries
Dwyane Wade (wrist)  questionable
Nikola Mirotic  (back) questionable
Paul Zipser   (ankle)  out

Head Coach

Fred Hoiberg

Game Notes

The Celtics travel to Chicago to take on the Bulls for the 3rd of 4 meetings this season.  The Celtics won the series last season 2-1.  The series is 1-1 after the first two meetings.  The Celtics lost in Chicago 105-99 in the Bulls home opener and then won in Boston 107-100 two nights later. They will meet once more on March 12. 

The Celtics are playing in the second of back to back games and then will be off until after the All Star game.   Like last season, the Celtics seem to play very well in back to back games.  They are 9-3 on the second night of back to back games this season and 4-2 when the games are home/road. 

Rajon Rondo started in the first two games against the Celtics but he has hit a rough patch with his new team and has been coming off the bench for them, but is still playing well as a reserve.   We all have memories of National TV Rondo, who could make an appearance in this game, since it is on TNT.  The Celtics are 17-11 on the road while the Bulls are 16-11 at home.   

Avery Bradley (Achilles) and Jaylen Brown (hip) will miss this game.  Both are expected back after the All Star break.  Paul Zipzer (ankle) is out for the Bulls.  Dwyane Wade (wrist) and Nikola Mirotic (back) are both listed as questionable, although personally, I expect Wade to play because he really dislikes the Celtics. 

 
Key Matchups

  vs 
Jae Crowder  vs  Jimmy Butler
The Bulls resident star is Jimmy Butler.  There have been a lot of trade rumors swirling around him over the summer and again leading up to the trade deadline with many of them involving the Celtics.  He even spent soom time working out with Celtics rookie Jaylen Brown over the summer.  But for now,  Butler is the enemy and it will be up to Jae to keep him from having a big game.   Butler  is averaging 24.4 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 4.9 assists, and 1.9 steals per game. He averaged 23.5 points in the first two games vs the Celtics this season.
   
  vs 
Al Horford vs Taj Gibson
Taj Gibson is playing well for the Bulls, averaging 11.6 points, 6.9 rebounds, and 1.1 assists.  The Celtics especially need to keep him off the boards and away from the basket. 

Honorable Mention
Terry Rozier vs Rajon Rondo
Even if Rondo comes off the bench,  he will definitely want to get a win against his former team.  He always seemed to play his best when on national TV and so Rozier, or whoever is matched up against him will need to keep him from having a big game. 

Keys to the Game
Defense -  The Celtics have some very good defenders and could have one of the top defensive teams in the league, however, for much of the season they have not played very good defense.  Each player needs to make defense a priority and be sure to have each others' backs on team defense. The Bulls are 7th in the league, allowing just 102.8 points per game.  The Bulls will be playing tough defense and so the Celtics must match their defensive intensity. 

Rebound - The Celtics can't score if they don't have the ball.  Much of rebounding is effort and desire and so the Celtics must put out the extra effort on the boards to give themselves extra possessions as well as to limit the Bulls fast break opportunities and second chance points.  The Bulls are 2nd in rebounding with 46.4 per game and first with 12.8 offensive rebounds per game.     The Celtics have to give that extra effort to go after rebounds. 

Be Aggressive
- The Celtics must be aggressive on both ends of the court.  They have to be the more aggressive team going for loose balls, on defense, on the boards, and in going to the hoop.    They have to play like they want it more for 48 minutes. 

Take Care of the Ball
- The Celtics turned the ball over 22 times against the Sixers and they have to take better care of the ball in this one.  They have to focus on their passes and ball handling to keep the Bulls from getting fast break points off of Celtics turnovers. 

Be Smart on Offense
- The Celtics need to move the ball to find the open man for easier shots.  They have to take open shots when they get them and not be too unselfish.   The Bulls are 6th in the league in defending the 3point line and allow just 8.9 per game and so if their 3's aren't falling, they need to take the ball inside. 

X-Factors
Back to Back
The Celtics are playing in back to back games after a West coast road trip.  They have been very good on the second night of back to back games and hopefully they can continue that in this game.  Hopefully fatigue won't be a factor down the stretch. 

National TV Rondo
When Rondo played for the Celtics he always seemed to have another gear that he went to when the game was on national TV.   He has not been starting for the Bulls but still may  have that extra level he can take it to, especially against his former team. 

Officiating
Officiating will always be an x-factor.  Some crews call every little bit of contact that takes the flow out of the game.  Some crews let them play.  Some refs have an agenda against a team, a coach or a player.  All of these things can alter the way a game is played and the ability of a team to play well.
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Re: Celtics (37-19) at Bulls (27-29) Game #57 2/16/17
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First!

Let's finish out the string before the break!  Go Celtics, and thanks FLC for a great season of game threads!

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Thought I finally had it lol...

Re: Celtics (37-19) at Bulls (27-29) Game #57 2/16/17
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TP to saltlover for being the first to post in the game thread!   


GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO Celtics!!   Let's go into the All Star break on a win streak!!! 

Re: Celtics (37-19) at Bulls (27-29) Game #57 2/16/17
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Haha, it's competive out here! TP for the hustle.

Re: Celtics (37-19) at Bulls (27-29) Game #57 2/16/17
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I'm so excited, the sixers game was CRAZZYYYYYY

Re: Celtics (37-19) at Bulls (27-29) Game #57 2/16/17
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I swear people are just hitting refresh every few seconds nowadays. Congrats SL, you already contribute so much to this community - well deserved  ;D

And of course a TP to FLC - great thread, as always!

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Re: Celtics (37-19) at Bulls (27-29) Game #57 2/16/17
« Reply #8 on: February 15, 2017, 10:18:29 PM »

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Can't wait, great write up

Re: Celtics (37-19) at Bulls (27-29) Game #57 2/16/17
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Hope Wade is out. He always seems to get up for games against us.

GO C's!!
This is where the rubber hits the road

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Let's go Cs!!

Let's end a great stretch of games with a win!

We're in great shape for a win with a grueling back to back after a lone home game after a long road trip.

Dumb NBA schedulers, but we're good in back to backs.  Let's show'em.

Go Cs!

Re: Celtics (37-19) at Bulls (27-29) Game #57 2/16/17
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Blow em out and go into the break on a well-earned high.  :D


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Do people even sleep on this board? LOL

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FL, you forgot Rondo  :).

Washington playing Pacers . Hopefully we put some distance between us.

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Darn #14 today - usually #13. Go Celts! Let's go out strong!!


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