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Today: Bulls @ Celtics

12 Feb 2012

TD Garden, Boston, 2:30 CT, ABC

Questions

1. OK, finally a game they could lose without Derrick Rose. How’s the back feeling today? You’ve got to think he’ll play if he can walk.

2. Boston’s defense is back in high gear, ranked third in defensive rating behind Philadelphia and Chicago. No easy baskets today; the outcome could turn on whose jump shooters are in rhythm. Both teams have a good complement, extending to big men like Carlos Boozer, Kevin Garnett and Brandon Bass.

3. Who wins the battle between Garnett and Joakim Noah? Whether they match up or not, both are their teams’ emotional sparkplugs and defensive anchors.

4. The Bulls at this point are clearly the better team on a game-by-game basis — e.g., a .793 win percentage vs. .538 — but Boston still can be dangerous when everything comes together for them. Will we see the good Celtics or the bad Celtics?

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