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Chicago Bulls (2-2) at Boston Celtics (4-1)
Friday, November 5
8:00 PM ET
Game #6,  Home Game #4
TV:  ESPN, SNET1, CSN-C, CSNNE
Radio:   WEEI,  WMVP
TD Garden 
Referees:  Marc Davis, David Guthrie, Tom Washington
The Celtics will welcome a couple of familiar faces when the Bulls come to visit the Garden.  Tom Thibodeau, who was credited with the defense that led the Celtics to their 17th championship is now the head coach of the Bulls.   Brian Scalabrine, who was a fan favorite in Boston for 5 seasons, has joined Thibs in Chicago.

For obvious reasons,  Tom Thibodeau is very familiar with the Celtics offensive and defensive schemes.  Will that give him an advantage in preparing his team to play the Celtics?  It will be interesting to see if his familiarity with the Celtics system is enough to get his new team past his old team. 

The Celtics catch a break in that they come into this game after a day off while the Bulls are playing in the second of back to back games, having faced the Knicks the night before.  This is the first of 4 meetings between these two teams this season.    
Probable Starters
PG: Rajon Rondo..................................................SG Ray Allen
C:  Jermaine O'Neal
SF:  Paul Pierce ................................. ............PF Kevin Garnett

Coach: Doc Rivers

Boston Bench Mob
Marquis Daniels
Glen Davis
Luke Harangody
Nate Robinson
Von Wafer
Semih Erden
Delonte West (Suspended)

Injured
Kendrick Perkins (knee) out
Avery Bradley (ankle) out
Shaquille O'Neal (knee) questionable
Rajon Rondo (sore feet)  will play


Probable Starters
PG:  Derrick Rose............................................. SG:  Keith Bogans
C:  Joakim Noah  
SF:  Luol Deng .................................................. PF:  Taj Gibson

Coach:  Tom Thibodeau

Bulls Bench
Omar Asik
James Johnson
C.J. Watson
Kyle Korver
Ronnie Brewer
Brian Scalabrine
Kurt Thomas

Injuries
Carlos Boozer (hand) out

Key Matchups
Rajon Rondo  11.6 PPG,  16.4 APG,  2.6 SPG
Derrick Rose   27.7 PPG, 8.7 APG, 1.0 SPG
This is one of the premier point guard matchups in the league.  There is a lot of discussion about whether Rondo or Rose is the better PG and in a head to head matchup, expect both players to do their best to make their case as the best.

 vs  
Jermaine O'Neal  5 PPG, 3.3 RPG, 1.8 BPG
Joakim Noah   14.3 PPG, 15.3 RPG, 2.0 BPG
Noah leads the Bulls in rebounds and blocks and he plays with a lot of energy.  Jermaine is working his way into game shape after a series of injuries sidelined him through most of the preseason and early in the regular season.   He will need to up his game in this one to prevent Noah from dominating inside.

Honorable Mention
 vs  
Semih Erden vs Omar Asik
These two players were teammates on the Turkish National Team and will face each other for the first time as NBA players. 

Keys to the Game
Rondo/Rose Matchup -  This is not only a key matchup, but one of the keys to the game.  Both point guards control the tempo of their team and both are key to their team's success.  Rondo has been playing big minutes and in the last game, complained that his feet were sore.  The Celtics need Rondo at 100%.

Limit turnovers - After turning the ball over just 8 times against the Pistons, the Celtics turned it over 16 times vs the Bucks.  It isn't a surprise that they had an easy win over the Pistons and had to work to get the win against the Bucks.  The Celtics must take care of the ball and limit their turnovers.

Rebound
- The Celtics have to rebound the ball.   They were out-rebounded 38-36 by the Pistons and just barely beat the Bucks on the boards 43-42.  They have to do a better job of boxing out and grabbing the rebounds.

Defense - The Celtics defense was less than stellar against the Bucks.  They allowed way too many open and easy shots.  They must get back to a defense first mentality.  

Odd Fact
The team was named the Chicago Bulls by owner Dick Klein, in reference  to the city's livestock industry.
X-Factor
Old Team vs New Team Syndrome
We know that Tom Thibodeau would very much love to beat his old team and I imagine that Brian Scalabrine would too.   Will that desire to one up his old team be enough to give the Bulls an advantage?  That could be the X-Factor in this game. 

FLCeltsFan 11/05/2010 12:51:00 PM Edit
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11 Responses so far.

  1. Anonymous says:

    Thibs vs Doc! Cant wait!
    by the way,
    -Taj Gibson has an UGLY JUMPER!! LMAO
    -That NBA 2K11 commercial with Rondo, Rose, & Lee...lol
    -The keys to the game are right on point. Especially the defense part. - The Bulls defense isn't all that great-well, its not good. They let the Knicks hit 16 threes last night! WTF?! They'd better step it up or they will get blown out tonight..

  2. JR says:

    Wow good call anon on Gibson's jumper. That pic and his form are crazy.

  3. Anonymous says:

    NOAH looks like Wolverine WTF :)

  4. Sebastian S. says:

    Rondo will be on fire tonight.

  5. JR says:

    Bulls don't get enough heat, no pun intended, for striking out in FA again this Summer. They're a world class city and now have twice missed out on all their targets: Duncan, McGrady, Hill, Lebron, Wade, Bosh.

  6. Karl says:

    Scal is back!! I can't believe Keith Bogans start for an NBA team.

  7. tb727 says:

    Gibson's jumper looks like Ed Pinckney's jumper.

    And yes JR the Bulls don't get enough heat for their lousy summer. Or wait...

    Bulls

  8. JR says:

    Poor Noah has Vinatieri teeth.

  9. Anonymous says:

    HAHA!! HE NEEDS BRACES ASAP!
    just add some claws to that fist and he looks just like Wolverine! LMAO!!

  10. Just announced on Sports Tonight that Rondo is a game time decision because of sore feet. I really, really hope it's not plantar fasciitis.

  11. Rondo will play but Doc is going to watch him closely and if he limps at all he's going to sit him.

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