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BSJ Game Report: Bulls 108, Celtics 85 — First stinker of the season

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Everything you need to know about the Bulls’ 108-85 win over the Celtics in quickie form.

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An offense in disarray without Kyrie: The offense was extremely shorthanded without Kyrie Irving (quad) and Marcus Morris (knee) and it was a problem for the final three quarters of this game. The visitors mustered just 56 points over the final 36 minutes, constantly relying on a 3-point shot that was not going down (5-of-30 in final three quarters). With no go-to scoring option to turn to for a comeback, a career night from Bobby Portis (23 points) turned this game into a runaway by the fourth quarter.  

First blowout loss of the season: This was the first game of the season that the Celtics lost by more than 10 points and did not have a legitimate chance to win the contest in the final few minutes. On the one hand, that’s a pretty impressive feat 29 games into the season, given all the injuries this team has dealt with. On the other hand, losing to the NBA’s worst team by 23 points is not a good look no matter who is on the court. The Celtics looked tired, lacked energy on defense and that’s not a good sign with three games looming in the next five days.