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Bulls (10-21) at Celtics (26-9) Game #36 12/23/17
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Chicago Bulls (10-21) at Boston Celtics (26-9)
Saturday, December 23, 2017
7:30 PM ET
Regular Season Game #36, Home Game #18
TV: NBCSB, NBCSCH, NBA-LP 759(DTV)/756(xfinity)
Radio: 98.5 Sports Hub, WLS-AM 890
TD Garden

Probable Starting Matchups
Point Guard

Kyrie Irving vs Kris Dunn

Shooting Guard

Jaylen Brown vs Justin Holiday

Small Forward
Jayson Tatum vs Denzel Valentine

Power Forward
Al Horford vs Lauri Markkanen

Aron Baynes vs Robin Lopez

Abdel Nader
Semi Ojeleye
Guerschon Yabusele
Terry Rozier
Marcus Smart
Daniel Theis


Gordon Hayward (ankle)  out
Marcus Morris (knee)out
Shane Larkin (knee) day to day
Jaylen Brown (Achilles)  day to day

Two Way Players
Kadeem Allen
Jabari Bird

Head Coach
Brad Stevens

Kay Felder
Christiano Felicio
Jerian Grant
Nikola Mirotic
David Nwaba
Cameron Payne
Quincy Pondexter
Bobby Portis
Paul Zipser


Zach Lavine  (ACL)  out
Cameron Payne (foot)  out

Two Way Players
Ryan Arcidiacono
Antonio Blakeney

Head Coach
Fred Hoiberg

Game Notes

 This is the first of 4 games between these two teams this season.  The Celtics lost 108-85 to the Bulls in a game they played without Kyrie Irving on 12/11.  They will meet again in Boston on April 6 and once more in Chicago on March 5.  Last season The Celtics and Bulls split the season series 2-2 with each team winning on their home court.

The Bulls are the youngest team in the league with an average age of 24.5 years old.  All of their players are under 30 years old and 10 of their 17 players are under 24, which is the most players under 24 on any team in the league.  Since getting Nikola Mirotic back from injury, the Bulls went on a 7 game win streak that was broken on Thursday when they lost 115-112 to the Cavs.  They are no longer the terrible team they were to start the season. 

The Celtics have lost 2 straight for the first time this season after losing to both the Heat and the Knicks.  They are 5-5 in their last 10 games and 13-4 at home.   The Bulls had won 7 straight games before their loss to the Cavs and are 3-13 on the road. Chicago defeated Charlotte, New York, Boston, Utah, Milwaukee, Philadelphia and Orlando during its streak.  The Celtics have won 4 straight against the Bulls in Boston. 

Zach Lavine (ACL) and Cameron Payne (foot) are both out for the Bulls.  Gordon Hayward (ankle) is out indefinitely for the Celtics.  Marcus Morris is out for the Celtics with continued soreness in his knee.  He is targeting Christmas for a return.  Jaylen Brown missed Thursday's game with Achilles soreness and is listed as day to day.  Shane Larkin is also listed as day to day with knee soreness and is day to day as well.  He was scheduled for an MRI on Friday.

Nikola Mirotic started for the Bulls in their last meeting but is expected to come off the bench in this one.  Their starting lineup listed here is the one given in their game notes.  If Jaylen Brown can't go for the Celtics, expect Marcus Smart to once again start at shooting guard in his place. 

The Celtics recent slide has brought the Celtics to just 1 game ahead of the Cavaliers, who have been playing very well.  The Raptors have been winning also and are just 1.5 games back of the Celtics.  Philly is playing at the Raptors, while the Cavaliers are off. 

Key Matchups

Al Horford vs Lauri Markkanen
Al will be matched up with Bulls Rookie Lauri Markkanen, who has been playing very well.  Markkanen is averaging 14.7 points, 7.7 rebounds, 1.4 assists.  Markkanen scored a team-high 25 points against Cleveland on Thursday.  That was his 5th 20+ point game this season. 

Kyrie Irving vs Kris Dunn
The Celtics faced the Bulls the first time without Kyrie in the lineup.  Dunn is averaging 13.2 points, 4.8 rebounds, 5.6 assists and 2.0 steals.  Kyrie has scored 30+ points in his last 3 games and should be ready to help his team get some revenge for that blow out loss without him. 

Honorable Mention

Celtics Bench vs Bulls Bench
The Celtics reserves have been struggling of late.  This is especially true when the Celtics have injuries to the starters.  The Bulls have Nikola Mirotic coming off their bench and in their last meeting, Mirotic finished with 24 points on 9-14 shooting along with 8 rebounds.  Bobby Portis also torched the Celtics with 23 points on 10-15 shooting with 4 rebounds and 1 assist.  The Celtics must get more out of their bench if they want to get back to winning. 

Keys to the Game
Rebound - The Celtics must box out and crash the boards.  They can't score without the ball and it will take extra effort on their part to grab the rebounds.  The Celtics have been slipping on the boards recently and that has shown in more losses recently.   The Celtics are grabbing 43.8 rebounds per game while the Bulls are averaging 44.5 rebounds per game. 

Be Aggressive
-  I already mentioned that the Celtics must be aggressive on the boards, but they also must be aggressive on defense, in going after loose balls,  and just all around going all out. They have to aggressively attack the basket. They need to start the game with that aggressive attitude and be aggressive through the whole game with no let up.  The Celtics have been allowing other teams to outwork them in recent games and they can't let the Bulls outwork them in this or they may end up with yet another loss.     

Play Defense
-  Defense wins games.  The Celtics are now tied with the Warriors with a defensive rating of 101.0.  They have been letting their defense slip in recent games, which may be the result of too many games with not enough rest or practice in order to right the ship.  They have to get back to making tough in your face defense their priority. 

Move the Ball Carefully - The Celtics need to move the ball and find the open man.  When they move the ball, good things usually happen.  When the ball stops and players try to do too much, the offense bogs down and the Celtics have trouble scoring.  They need to play the team ball that has gotten them the best record in the league.  Again, they have let this slip in recent games with too much dribbling and not enough passing. 

Fatigue - The Celtics have played 8 games in 12 days including 3 back to back sets.  Their shot have been short and they haven't played with the kind of energy that they did during their win streak.  They have to dig deep and find that energy once more, especially on the defensive end. 

Revenge - The Celtics have played two teams in a row that they owed a bit of revenge too for earlier losses.  Once again they are facing the Bulls who gave the Celtics a beat down in their first meeting.  At that time, the Bulls had won just 5 games.   Hopefully the Celtics will take them seriously because they have been on a win streak since that game and the Celtics need to be ready for them.  They won 7 straight and only lost to the Cavs by 3 so the Celtics definitely need to take them seriously.

Home Game - The Celtics are back home and should get motivation from the home crowd.  The Bulls are just 3-13 on the road and are a young team.  Young teams often can get rattled on the road and hopefully the Garden crowd will be loud and give the home team a boost and rattle the young Bulls at the same time. 
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Re: Bulls (10-21) at Celtics (26-9) Game #36 12/23/17
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Awesome! And fantastic job once again FLC - I am loving the Christmas theme lately! Hopefully we can get back on track against these pesky Bulls!

Re: Bulls (10-21) at Celtics (26-9) Game #36 12/23/17
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TP to  jambr380  for being the first to post in the game thread.


Re: Bulls (10-21) at Celtics (26-9) Game #36 12/23/17
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Should be home in time for this one . Go C's!

Re: Bulls (10-21) at Celtics (26-9) Game #36 12/23/17
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Re: Bulls (10-21) at Celtics (26-9) Game #36 12/23/17
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I guess these all going to be  tough games until heath comes back and we get a couple of days in for practice. Go Celtics!

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Re: Bulls (10-21) at Celtics (26-9) Game #36 12/23/17
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Re: Bulls (10-21) at Celtics (26-9) Game #36 12/23/17
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Also, don't look now, but Kris Dunn has turned into a very good player. I think most of us here are quite satisfied with Jaylen Brown and his progress, but there were many scoffing at the fact that the Cs could have chosen him. It looks like it wouldn't have been that poor of a decision, afterall, and Chicago was able to get their man who they originally wanted from us in a Butler trade.

Even though he was a bit older coming out, sometimes it just takes a player a little while and the right situation to figure it out.

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Haven't posted in the game thread the past 2 games and both went for losses. So here's to changing that!
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Re: Bulls (10-21) at Celtics (26-9) Game #36 12/23/17
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Predicting a big game from Jaylen Brown. Hes either not played or struggled with turnovers the last few.

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I hope Jaylen has been practicing free throws in the last couple days. So this team that just barely lost to Cleveland (by 3) and who recently kicked our ass without Markanen is coming to town. We have lost the last two home games so everything is pointing to another loss. They need to win as my wife says my reactions to games is going to get me "suspended" from my watching privileges. We (I) need this one! Our offense has been real stagnant over the past two games. I just sit there and home that Kyrie comes down and throws in a 3 to get us closer because the terrible team that we are playing has gone on a run and we are down by double digits. I am hoping for someone to wake up and get this team going. Little spurts of Marcus & Tatum but that is it. If Kyrie is not hitting "every" shot we are screwed. We need to hit our free throws as we don't get many because we aren't taking it inside.

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I hope Celtics Killer Bobby Portis can be contained tonight...