GAME: No. 29 of 82 WHO: Celtics (23-5) vs. Bulls (5-20) WHEN: 8:00 EST WHERE: United Center RADIO: 100.7 WZLX TV: NBC Sports Boston BOX SCORE: NBA.COM
PG: Marcus Smart
SG: Jaylen Brown
SF: Jayson Tatum
PF: Al Horford
C: Aron Baynes
PG: Kris Dunn
SG: Justin Holiday
SF: Denzel Valentine
PF: Nikola Mirotic
C: Robin Lopez
Third quarter notes
The Celtics came out with more energy with the starting lineup, but they weren’t able to cut a 14-point halftime lead below double digits.
Offensively, shots weren’t falling for anyone outside of Jaylen Brown. The Bulls did a nice job making life hard for Al Horford, only giving him open 3s that he was short on all night (potentially due to a sore knee).
Tatum looked human shooting the 3-ball for the first time weeks 0-of-3 from deep.
Bobby Portis continued to look like a man possessed, improving his hot night with more jumpers. He’s 8-of-11 from the field through three quarters.
A few foolish mistakes on defensive in transition (leaving Bulls shooters open) helped ensure that no real dent was made into the deficit.
The fact that Aron Baynes and Shane Larkin got a number of opportunities within the offense kind of showed you where the team was at from a scoring standpoint without Kyrie.