Celtics

Final: Bulls 108, Celtics 85

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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

Starting Lineups:

Celtics
PG: Marcus Smart
SG: Jaylen Brown
SF: Jayson Tatum
PF: Al Horford
C: Aron Baynes

Bulls
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.

Second quarter notes