at 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 Probable Starters PG: Rajon Rondo..................................................SG Ray Allen C: Jermaine O'Neal SF: Paul Pierce ................................. ............PF Kevin Garnett Coach:
Doc RiversBoston Bench Mob
Delonte West (Suspended)Injured
Kendrick Perkins (knee) out
Avery Bradley (ankle) out
Shaquille O'Neal (knee) questionable
Rajon Rondo (sore feet) will playProbable Starters PG: Derrick Rose............................................. SG: Keith Bogans C: Joakim Noah SF: Luol Deng .................................................. PF: Taj Gibson Coach:
Tom Thibodeau Bulls Bench
Kurt Thomas Injuries
Carlos Boozer (hand) outTeam Connections
Bulls Head Coach Tom Thibodeau was a member of the Celtics coaching staff from 2007‐10
Keith Bogans and Rajon Rondo both attended the University of Kentucky
Omer Asik and Semih Erden both are from Turkey and played on the Silver Medal Turkish National Team.
Bulls Assistant Coaches Ed Pinckney (1988‐94) and Adrian Griffin (1999‐2001) played for the Celtics
Bulls Assistant Coach Adrian Griffin, Kurt Thomas and Delonte West played together on the 2007‐08 Seattle SuperSonics
Brian Scalabrine played for the Celtics from 2005‐10 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Last Season they split the series 2‐2. Paul Pierce averaged a team‐high 21.0 points per game in the 4 contests. He also shot 50.0% from beyond the three‐point line. Rajon Rondo just fell short of averaging a double‐double with 9.3 points and 10.8 assists per game and Derrick Rose led the Bulls with an average of 21.3 points per game while shooting 53.8% from the floor. Luol Deng averaged 13.3 points per game while Joakim Noah chipped in with a double‐double of 10.5 points and 12.5 rebounds per game to go along with 2.50 blocks.
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.
- 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.