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Boston Celtics Fall to Chicago Bulls 89-80: A Fan’s Reaction
It seems the Boston Celtics cannot catch a break this year as they attempt to climb into the top spot in the Atlantic Division. It is a place they have called home for so long in years past, it just seems awkward they are not residing there now.
The Boston Celtics fell to the Chicago Bulls by the score of 89-80 on Thursday, February 16. With the loss the Celtics fall to 15-14 on the season while the Bulls move to 25-7.
Coming into the game, the Celtics were going to face the Bulls without Derrick Rose again. In their last meeting on Sunday, February 12, the Celtics won the contest at home by the score of 95-91. They were hopeful they could do it again. With Chicago 10-1 at home, it was going to be tough, but not impossible. Unfortunately for Boston, winning simply was not in the cards-again!
With the "Big 3" reunited, and all five regular starters on the court, Boston kept it close, but a low .397 team shooting percentage from the field cost them the game. For once, turnovers were not an issue. I'll take that as a positive. Rebounds, well, don't get me started on how they were dominated there.
Kevin Garnett led the Celtics with a double-double in his return recording 18 points and 10 rebounds. Rajon Rondo added 17 points, seven rebounds, and eight assists while Paul Pierce contributed 14 points in the Celtics' losing effort.
For the Bulls it was double-doubles all around. Carlos Boozer had 23 points and 15 rebounds, Luol Deng recorded 23 points and 10 assists, and Joakim Noah contributed 15 points with 16 rebounds. As a team, the Bulls recorded 52 rebounds on the night including 16 offensive boards. While shooting just .395 as a team, it was their dominance there that won them the game.
Boston will have a couple of nights rest before they travel to Michigan for a rematch against the Detroit Pistons on Sunday, February 19.
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