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Thriller In Bean Town, As Bulls Fall To Celtics In OT



Chicago Bulls new head coach Tom Thibodeau received a warm welcome from the crowd in Boston, where he used to be an assistant coach under Celtics head coach Doc Rivers. The parting gift he received though wasn’t as nice, as the Boston Celtics (5-1), outlasted the Chicago Bulls (2-3) in an overtime thriller in Boston. The final score ended up being Boston 110 Chicago 105. Thibodeau had some warm words of praise for his old team after the game.

“I know they have allot of weapons.” Thibodeau added, “They’re experienced, and they know how to work the game.” Boston guard Paul Pierce somewhat echoed Thibodeau’s thoughts about his Celtics team. “We got some valuable experience in these overtimes which is great.” Pierce went on to say, “I thought we really kept our poise.”

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Personally speaking here, I think the Celtics know how to work more than the game. It seems that they are pretty good at working the referees at home as well. The Bulls had some pretty questionable calls go against them in this game, and the final statistics in the game show that. Derrick Rose didn’t even get to the free throw line until late in the game, even though he was constantly driving the lane when he was scoring.

The Chicago Bulls only went to the free throw line as a team 18 times, while Boston shot 25 free throws. I also think if the Bulls bench would have scored more, Chicago could have easily walked away with a win. The Bulls only received 19 points from their bench players, while the Boston Celtics bench helped their cause immensely, scoring 37 points.

Ray Allen led all Boston scorers with 25 points, and Kevin Garnett pitched in with a double double, scoring 16 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. People used to refer to Garnett, Allen and Pierce as the big three, but the truth is, Boston is now the big four, with the emergence of Rajon Rondo. Rondo, who leads the NBA in assists by a wide margin, dealt out another 11 in this game. He is on a blistering pace to break the all time assist record. Currently, Rondo is handing out 15.5 assists per game.



Boston outscored Chicago by 11 in the first half, and then Chicago returned the favor, outscoring Boston by 11 in the second half. Joakim Noah, who leads the NBA in rebounding with an average of 14.2 a game, had a monster game for the Bulls, and led all Chicago scorers with 26 points. Noah, who also has had a double double in scoring and rebounding in all 5 of Chicago’s games thus far, had 12 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 block as well.

Derrick Rose had an off night in scoring for the Bulls, but still managed to score 18 points and hand out 9 assists. He also just missed posting his second double double in as many games. Other players who scored in double figures for Chicago were Loul Deng with 20 points, while Taj Gibson chipped in with 18 points of his own.

I don’t think I should finish this article without discussing the on court antics of Kevin Garnett. Just a couple of days after reportedly calling a player from the Detroit Pistons during the game a quote “cancer patient”, Garnett was at it again. He seemed to be acting like somewhat of a tool many times during the game. After blocking a shot from the Bulls Joakim Noah in the game, Garnett stood there with his hands on his hips in the middle of the court, staring down Noah for quite a while. After he made another great play later in the game, he walked around in circles on the court pulling back his jersey, while pounding on his chest.

No official word from NBA league offices yet, if he will be fined for his on court antics against Chicago, or for what he said during the Pistons, Celtics game.


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By: Pete Monstwillo
Pro Basketball Fans Staff Writer

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