at Chicago Bulls (9-7) at Boston Celtics (14-4)
Friday, December 3
8:00 PM ET
Game #19, Home Game #10
TV: ESPN, CSN-C, CSNNE
Radio: WEEI, WMVP
TD Garden Probable Starters PG: Rajon Rondo..................................................SG Ray Allen C: Shaquille O'Neal SF: Paul Pierce ................................. ............PF Kevin Garnett Coach:
Doc RiversBoston Bench Mob
Kendrick Perkins (knee) out
Jermaine O'Neal (knee) out
Delonte West (wrist) out
Rajon Rondo (plantar fasciitis) probable
Nate Robinson (foot) probable Probable Starters PG: Derrick Rose............................................. SG: Keith Bogans C: Joakim Noah SF: Luol Deng .................................................. PF: Carlos Boozer Coach:
Tom Thibodeau Bulls Bench
Taj Gibson Injuries
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 11.4 PPG, 13.8 APG, 2.2 SPG
Derrick Rose 25.8 PPG, 7.9 APG, 0.9 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. Rondo is still struggling with his hamstring and the plantar fasciitis but in spite of the injuries, he will be up for playing against Rose.
Shaquille O'Neal 11.9 PPG, 6.8 RPG, 0.7 BPG
Joakim Noah 15.6 PPG, 12.4 RPG, 1.4 BPG
Noah leads the Bulls in rebounds and blocks and he plays with a lot of energy. In the first meeting between these two teams, Shaq was injured and Noah played against an injured Jermaine O'Neal and came up with 26 points and 12 rebounds.
Semih Erden 3.1 PPG, 1.9 RPG, 0.3 BPG
Omar Asik 2.9 PPG, 3.3 RPG, 0.8 BPG
These two players were teammates on the Turkish National Team and will be facing each other as reserves in the NBA.
Doc Rivers (14-4) vs Tom Thibodeau (9-7)
After working with Doc for 3 seasons, Thibs is now coaching against him. This coaching matchup is an interesting one to watch. Game Notes
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 coming back to the Garden for his second game as the Bulls' head coach. Brian Scalabrine, who was a fan favorite in Boston for 5 seasons, has joined Thibs in Chicago but with the return of Carlos Boozer from his injury, Scal was on the inactive list for the last game.
In the first meeting between these two teams, the Celtics came out on top 110-105. The Celtics had 7 players in double figures in that game and were led by Ray Allen with 25. Noah led the Bulls with 25 points and 12 rebounds and Derrick Rose added 18 points and 9 assists.
The Celtics come into this game on a 5 game winning streak while the Bulls are coming off a 107-78 loss to Orlando. The Celtics are 8-1 at home while the Bulls are 4-5 on the road. The Bulls are healthy with no injuries to report while the Celtics are battling multiple injuries. Both Nate and Rajon are battling foot injuries along with Rajon's hamstring continuing to be a concern. Jermaine O'Neal remains on the sidelines along with Perk and now Delonte West joins them with the wrist injury.
The Bulls will be looking to avenge their previous loss to the Celtics and the Celtics will be looking to continue their win streak as well as remaining dominant at home.
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 is struggling with both foot and hamstring injuries and with Nate also nursing a sore foot, Rondo has to play through the pain and the Celtics need him to play at a high level.
- The Celtics have to rebound the ball. When the Celtics win the battle of the boards, they usually win as that means that they are putting out the effort and energy needed to rebound and it transfers to every other part of their game. Defense
- The Celtics must come to play defensively against the Bulls. You know that Thibs will have the Bulls playing defense and the Celtics have to match that defensive intensity. When the Celtics kick up their defense, it also feeds their offense. Play in the Paint -
The Celtics have been winning by outscoring opponents in the paint by large margins. They have to continue to take the ball to the hoop and not just settle for outside shots. X- Factor
Home Court and Focus
The Celtics have said that they want to make the Garden a tough place for teams to play and so far, they have been doing that with an 8-1 record at home. They need to continue to use home court to their advantage. In order to do that, they have to come out focused and play for 48 minutes. They can't expect to win a lot of games giving up 15-0 runs in the 4th quarter. They have to keep their focus and play for 48 minutes.