Wait, the Celtics' next game isn't Friday against the undefeated Warriors?

Golden State knocked off the Pacers in Indiana last night to improve to 23-0.  The Warriors don't play again until they visit Boston Friday.  Steph Curry and the defending champs are coming to town still undefeated, and if you believe the hype it's shaping up to be the biggest game at the TD Garden in years (probably since Game 6 of the 2012 Eastern Conference Finals?).

What the masses seem to be overlooking though, is that the C's have a nationally televised (ESPN, 7 p.m.) matchup tonight against the Chicago Bulls.  Jared Sullinger expressed his views on this subject shortly after Golden State's victory yesterday:

Under normal circumstances, this evening's showdown with Chicago would be considered a pretty big deal.

At 11-7, Chicago is currently third in the East.  Boston is ninth at 12-9 (despite the best point differential in the conference), but if the C's win tonight they'll pass the Bulls in the standings and move within a game-and-a-half of No. 1 Cleveland--then the hype for Friday can really get out of hand.  

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