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Game 30: Celtics 95, Bulls 91

13 Feb 2012

Three Stars (leaderboard)
1. Joakim Noah: 16 points (.680 TS%), 9 rebounds (4 off.)
2. Ronnie Brewer: 5 points (.512 TS%), 3 rebounds, 6 assists, 4 steals
3. C.J. Watson: 22 points (.429 TS%), 6 assists

We wondered if we would see the Good Celtics or Bad Celtics — or, at least I did — and we got the good ones. Especially the Good Rondo.

Couple that with the absence of Derrick Rose, and the Bulls were … well, actually they hung in until the very end, falling short in the final minutes. It could have been worse. It needs to be better, Rose or no Rose, if they’re going to beat the Heat in a seven-game series.

Carlos Boozer was an absolute disaster, as anyone can tell you if they watched the game instead of just reading his stat line (22 points, 7 rebounds). The highlight reel included:

a) his patented defensive move, pretending to rotate on the back line as Rajon Rondo streaks in for another layup

b) consistently jogging back in transition as 12-year veteran Chris Wilcox runs past him for another fast-break dunk

c) calling a late timeout after grabbing a defensive rebound, despite C.J. Watson running free down court

d) getting burned by Jeff Van Gundy: “Players make you confront them when they give that little effort.”

Twenty-four hours later, I’m still worked up about it. And we haven’t even discussed whatever is going on these days with his shoe-polish hairstyle.

Box Score

Record: 23-7, first in the Eastern Conference
Next: Tuesday 2/14 vs. Sacramento, 7:00 CT

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